1948 – He was on the 23rd day of July this year. He was a student at the University of Notre Dame when he quit devoting himself to music.
1970 – He co-founded the band Orleans.
1972 – He preceded his founding of Orleans in January of this year in Ulster County, New York with Wells Kelly and Larry Hoppen. Lance Hoppen, Larry’s brother, joined the band later in that year.
1977 – He left to begin a solo career and became active in the anti-nuclear movement, co-founding Musicians United for Safe Energy.
1990 – He reunited with Orleans in 1990, 1996, and 2000.
2004 – He publicly commented that the presidential campaign of George W. Bush never received permission to use the Orleans song "Still the One" at campaign events.
2005 – He released the album Rock Me on the Water, an album of songs inspired by an extensive sailing trip that took him from Kingston, New York to Havana, Cuba.
2006 – He ran in the September 2006 primary race as a Democrat in New York’s 19th congressional district. He won the primary, with a commanding 48% in a 4-way race, and faced incumbent Sue W. Kelly in the November election.
2007 – As of February 12 of this year, he is listed as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a group of liberal Democrats in Congress.