Co-writer of such pop hits as "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like a Baby." Also a session musician, he played organ on FAME Studios recordings of "When a Man Loves a Woman" and other hit songs.
He was a 2009 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He was born in Center Star, Alabama. Before working for FAME Studios (in Muscle Shoals, Alabama), he briefly attended the University of North Alabama.
He was featured on Harvest Moon, a 1992 Neil Young album.