He is a singer-songwriter, musician, conductor and
arranger born in Miami, Oklahoma, where his father was a minister in the
When he was a teenager, after years of having moved
around, his family settled themselves in Nasvhille and he became a friend
of Buzz Cason and Bobby Russell.
Soon he found himself teamed up with them as a member of The Todds
and released a single.
He left his music to one side when he studied science
and maths at college but after two years he became a staff vocalist for the
chart covers label, Hit Records.
At the same time he wrote his own songs that would appear on the B-sides
of these cover releases. He
began to arrange sessions in Nashville and became a member of Ronny &
The Daytonas, seeing the chart hit “G.T.O.” in 1964.
In 1967 he made another move and signed up with
Monument Records, releasing his own single “If It’s Not Asking
Too Much” and in 1969 recorded the album For Women Only and
the subsequent single release “It’s Over Now” for the SSS
record label which were put onto the shelves in 1970 with neither seeing
This hailed the end of his solo recording career at
the time but his arrangements were nor going un-noticed. He worked with Tony Joe White on his
hit “Polk Salad Annie” and impressed Elvis Presley so much he
was asked to arrange the same song for him. This led to more work with him and
subbing as a Jordinaire when required.
He went back to the recording studio as a solo artist
in the mid-1970s, releasing the singles “Come Go With Me” and
“Have You Taken a Good Look Lately” but when he was not eager
to go on a tour for his cover of “Duke of Earl” as it would
interfere with his other studio work, his label, Private Stock, removed its
funding. He would later still
release gospel and Christmas recordings but his career remained mainly as
an arranger and/or session singer/musician.
The artists he has sung and arranged for are many and
include Alabama, John Anderson, Chet Atkins, Moe Bandy, Bobby Bare, Boxcar
Willie, Vikki Car, The Charlie Daniels Band, Roy Clark, Duane Eddy, Donna
Fargo, Vince Gill, Bobby Goldsboro, Vern Gosdin, Faith Hill, Jim Horn,
Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Brenda Lee, John D. Loudermilk, Loretta
Lynn, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Milsap, Mickey Newbury, The Oak Ridge Boys, Roy
Orbison, Dolly Parton, Esther Phillips, Charley Pride, Jerry Reed, Charlie
Rich, Kenny Rogers, Earl Scruggs, Dan Seals, Spanky & Our Gang, The
Statler Brothers, Ray Stevens, George Strait, Billy Swan, Joe Tex, B.J.
Thomas, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette and Trisha
Yearwood to name just a few.
Albums he has worked on in one capacity or another run
into the many hundreds but a small selection includes Bergen White
Christmas Singers and Praise the Lord as well as Ultimate
Hits by Garth Brooks, Living and Dying in ¾ Time by Jimmy
Buffett, Letter to Home by Glen Campbell, Miss Randy Crawford/Raw
Silk by Randy Crawford, Nights Are Forever by England Dan &
John Ford Coley, My Father’s Eyes by Amy Grant, After Dark
by Engelbert Humperdinck, Another Place Another Time/She Even Woke Me Up
To Say by Jerry Lee Lewis, Personal
Belongings by Dave Loggins, Horse
Called Music by Willie Nelson, Don’t Stop Believin’
by Olivia Newton John, That’s The Way It Is by Elvis Presley.
Jimmy Buffett recordings
Havana Daydreamin’ (Jimmy Buffett)