Well-known saxophone player, composer, music recorder, and bandleader who played with many of the greats.
He learned how to play saxophone as a child and became popular when he recorded his first hit, "Cherokee," in 1939.
He retired comfortably, due to his family's wealth, in 1949; he claimed he was no longer interested in music.
He was married eleven times; his last wife named Betty was with him for thirty-three years. He only had one child from a previous marriage, a son named Charles.
He collaborated with Bud Shank in the 1940s.