American country music singer and songwriter who released the 1957 hit song "Young Love," as well as other top ten singles, including "For Rent (One Empty Heart)."
He was born to amateur musician parents and started playing mandolin when he was three years old. He later appeared on a regular radio spot with his family.
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1971 and was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
He was married to Doris Loden from 1957 until his death.
He helped launch Marie Osmond's career by producing her first three albums.