Best known for Garden Song, Red Red Rose, Summer of My Dreams, and many other songs covered by numerous artists.
He was part of a country-folk band with his brother and initially moved to Nashville to try to get a break in the music industry.
His songs were recorded by many artists, including
He fathered two sons, one named Will and the other named Luke, who performed as The Mallett Brothers Band.
His songs were so popular that Jim Henson's Muppets even did a cover of Garden Song on their 1970s variety show.