Popular country music singer best remembered for hit songs like Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You. He was nicknamed the "Chocolate Cowboy",
He became inspired to perform country music at 9 or 10 and initially tried to earn a record contract as an R&B singer.
He was one of the first artists ever to market his albums on television, doing so with The Only One.
His father was a farmer and a clergyman.
He was initially inspired to sing country music by legendary artist Hank Williams Sr..