Soul and R&B tenor who sang with the vocal duo Sam & Dave and was a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 1992.
He first discovered his singing talents through the gospel genre. He and Dave Prater, the other half of Sam & Dave, met in 1961.
With the help of his wife he overcame his drug addiction.
He married Joyce Ann Parker on October 22, 1955.
Mariah Carey was featured on his first solo album.