He is a musician and singer-songwriter who was born in Salina,
Kansas.He is a multi instrumentalist
who plays 23 wind, reed and percussion instruments. He was with the
band The Men in the early 1960s and then became a founder member of the pop
group The Association. He wrote The Association's hit song "Cherish"
which went to No.1 in the US
chart in 1966. He left the band in 1972 and worked as a producer for HBO
where his idea of a re-incarnation for the group via a cable feature came
to fruition.He also partnered
Frank Zappa in his early career and was briefly with The Mothers of
Invention.He was vice
president of an organization helping musicians with drug abuse.