Frontman for The Pharaohs who sang on 1960s hits like "Wooly Bully" and "Lil Red Riding Hood."
He joined the U.S. Navy where he was known as Big Sam.
He was known for his unusual style of dress, which included a robe and a turban. He also drove a hearse.
He was married to Louise Smith from 1959 to 1968.
He played guitar in a band with Mexican singer Trini Lopez.