1929 – Born on the 9th of June in Memphis, Tennessee.
1952 – He signed to Duke Records.
1954 – He was named the "Most Programmed Artist" in December.
– He had been performing at the City Auditorium in Houston, Texas on Christmas.
– He died on the 25th of December.
1955 – His recordings sold very well for those times.
– His biggest song, the haunting Pledging My Love, became a hit posthumously.