Bandleader and composer for the Band of Renown who recorded "Sentimental Journey" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm."
He went to Duke University where he led a band called Les Brown and His Blue Devils, which later became the Band of Renown.
His band appeared in The Nutty Professor, starring Jerry Lee Lewis .
He was married to Gladys Knight from 1995 until 1997. He has a total of 10 children.
He appeared as part of the house band for The Dean Martin Variety Show from 1965 to 1972.