Remembered most as the co-founder and drummer of the jazz and R&B fusion group the Yellowjackets, he received a 1987 Grammy Award for writing the band's song "And You Know That." Also an in-demand session musician, he worked with Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, and numerous other acclaimed musicians.
He began playing the drums in his mid teens, while also pursuing a career as a swimmer. He earned a college athletic scholarship, but dropped out to become Stevie Wonder's drummer.
He co-wrote the hit Pointer Sisters track "Uh-Uh."
He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Tragically, he died in his late fifties, having suffered a brain aneurysm while performing at a California jazz club.
His work as a drummer is featured on Whitney Houston's hit track "I Will Always Love You."