Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b 13 June '40, San Francisco) USA R&B singer who played piano and sang with Romancers on Dootone label at age 14. Wrote classic "Do You Wanna Dance' for no. 5 hit on Josie '58, followed with less successful "Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes', "Need Your Love', "Shame On You Miss Johnson'. At his best live, with dancing skills and rousing act; persevered and returned to top 40 '60 with dance number "(I Do The) Shimmy Shimmy' on King. Signed by Sly Stone to disc jockey Tom Donahue's Autumn label which recorded Stone-prod. "C'mon And Swim' as second release; second dance number and last big hit was no. 5 '64. Recorded soul for Double-Shot, Touch labels in '70s, but revivals of "Do You Wanna Dance' by Beach Boys, Bette Midler, the Ramones etc keep him famous.