Born: April 20, 1927 Hamilton, AL
Died: July 11, 1989
He spent most of his adult life in Chicago and gained popularity as a world class banjo player in the 60's playing with Don Reno & Red Smiley, and other bands as well. He was a recording artist for Cincinnati based King Records in the 50's and a songwriter for Ft. Knox Music Publishing. His song, "Love Please Come Home," is a bluegrass classic recorded by everyone from Bill Monroe to the Grateful Dead. It was a radio hit for the duo Reno & Smiley in the early 60's and is a multimillion selling copyright. He was a favorite at Bluegrass festivals until his death.
Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame