Cajun singer and guitarist famous for being an originator the genre which came to be known as "swamp pop." Some of his best-known hits include "Lonely Days, Lonely Nights" and a cover of Merle Haggard's "Somewhere on Skid Row."
He was inspired to play rock music after seeing Elvis Presley perform on television in 1956.
He is the co-author of the 1992 Jimmy Donley biography Born to Be a Loser.
He was raised in a musical family in Louisiana.
He and Texas singer Freddy Fender are two of the biggest names in "swamp pop."