He is a drummer born in Calgary, Canada, to a musical
family whose parents were church musicians. He became interested in drums while still young and was
given his first kit when he was 19 by his sister. She was married to Tommy Chong who took him to play in
his band Little Daddy & The Bachelors and soon he was heard performing
around Vancouver. He put
together the band Heatwave and relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1966
and a couple of years later became acquainted with the singing trio made up
of Chuck Negron, Cory Wells and Danny Hutton and the bass guitarist Joe
Schermie. He became a backing
musician for them and went onto to become the original drummer for them in
their group Three Dog Night. This
was his route to success as they became one of the most successful groups
in the history of pop music in the US from around 1969 to the mid-1970s.
Their chart entries were numerous and include the hit singles "An Old
Fashioned Love Song", "Black and White", "Joy to the
World ", "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)", "Shambala"
and "The Show Must Go On".
In 1977 they disbanded and he toured with The Ohio Players before joining
the band S.S. Fools that had been put together by Joe Schermie and others
from Three Dog Night. In 1979
he worked with Lowell George on his album Thanks I’ll Eat Here and then
Three Dog Night reunited in the 1980s. In 1990 he appeared as a drummer in the film Far Out
Man with Tommy Chong. When the 2000s came around he performed and
recorded with the band K.A.T.T. and in later years he is heard playing with
the group Dog & Katt.
Outside of music he is a surrealist-type painter and his website
sells and displays much of his artwork.