Academy Award winner and co-founder, bassist, keyboardist, and songwriter for the band Bread from 1968 until 1971, after which he was replaced by Larry Knechtel.
He played with The Pleasure Fair prior to being a member of Bread; the band's only album was produced and arranged by future Bread bandmate David Gates.
He racked up numerous songwriting credits for such artists as Jimmy Griffin, The Remingtons, Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Michael Montgomery, Randy Travis, Billy Burnette, and The Finnigan Brothers.
His family had a great deal of classical music around the house while he was growing up, which he listened to avidly.
He and Jimmy Griffin wrote the lyrics for the Academy Award-winning song, For All We Know, for the film Lovers and Other Strangers, which was Diane Keaton's film debut.