Country and pop artist who scored top five singles with "Poetry in Motion" and "It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin.'"
He spent much of his childhood in Palatka, Florida taking care of his grandmother.
He performed the chart-topping singles "Talk Back Trembling Lips," "Without You," and "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On."
He has an older brother named Dan.
He joined Ray Charles as a member of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.