Rockabilly musician who released the 1964 novelty hit "Haunted House."
He was booked as Elvis's opening act and used that connection to secure an audition with the rising star's record label, Sun.
His cover of "Haunted House," originally recorded by R&B singer Johnny Fuller, went to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964.
He took up guitar after his sisters brought one back for him; by the age of fifteen, he was playing in local dances with his brother Carl.
Gene Simmons, the KISS singer, chose his stage name in tribute to this rockabilly musician.