Singer and songwriter who wrote the song "Louie Louie" in 1955. It went on to be a hit for the band The Kingsmen, who released their version of the song in 1963.
He joined doo-wop groups when he was younger, like The Penguins.
The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" was labeled one of the 500 greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
He married Dorothy Adams in 1957; they had two children.
He collaborated with Etta James.