He wrote "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and was the first one to record it, but his label refused to release it and the song became a huge hit for George Jones.
His only recording to reach the Top 10 was "Rednecks, White Socks, and Blue Ribbon Beer," which shot to #4 in October of 1973.
He was born in Moorhead, Mississippi. He married Beverly Heckel in 1977, but they eventually divorced.
He wrote Linda Ronstadt's song "Making Plans," which was released in 1963.