Known by the nickname The Baron, he was the drummer and founding member of the British pop group The Shadows.
He played in bands throughout his teen years, but he originally wanted to become a lawyer until he started doing professional paid gigs that kept him away from school.
He retired from music in order to become a psychologist, a career he would pursue until his death.
He married Carol Costa in 1959.
He auditioned Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Pete Best as The Beatles at Decca Records, where he worked as an arranger, producer, and session drummer.