Known for "Secret Agent Man," "Sins of a Family," "Eve of Destruction," and many other Billboard hits.
He recorded his first single All I Want Is Loving/ Little Girl in the Cabin when he was 14 as "Flip" Sloan in 1959.
He created and played the guitar intro for the 1965 song California Dreamin' by The Mamas & the Papas.
His father was a pharmacist and bought him his first guitar.
He was given a spontaneous music lesson from Elvis Presley when he was 13 years old.