American country and folk singer known for Paradise, Angel from Montgomery, and many other songs.
He used to be a postman and was stationed in Germany with the Army during the Vietnam War. His musical career received an early boost from film critic Roger Ebert.
He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.
He raised three children with third wife Fiona Whelan.
He was discovered by Kris Kristofferson.