Known best for his work with the The Time (later renamed The Original 7ven), a Minneapolis-based funk music and dance group, this singer, dancer, and actor also appeared in music videos for hit Prince and Janet Jackson songs.
During the early years of his association with The Time, he became known for his on-stage comic antics.
He and fellow musicians Paul Peterson and Jellybean Johnson briefly performed with a Prince-created music group called The Family.
His half brother, Terry Lewis, also performed with The Time, playing the bass guitar.
His long-lasting association with Prince led to appearances in Prince's movies Purple Rain and Under the Cherry Moon.