Best known for the hit single Just When I Needed You Most. He wrote songs for the group The Oak Ridge Boys.
He worked at the Fish & Chip Shop in Cornwall before pursuing a career in music.
He died of leukemia at age 48 and his cremated remains were sent into space in 2007.
His father died in a car accident when he was just 12.
His biggest hit, 1979's Just When I Needed You Most, was covered by Dolly Parton.