Musician. Born John Marshall Alexander, he began his career in 1952 when he signed on as a member of the "Beale Streeters" on the Duke Record Label; a label owned by disc jockey David Mattis. He worked with such musicians as The Flying Aces, Cathy Lemons, Anton Fig, Witon Felder, Henry Boozier, Bobby Forte, David Spinozza, Dean Parks, Hugh McCracken, B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Earl Forest, and The Johnny Otis Orchestra, and recorded the hit songs "Cross My Heart," "Please Forgive Me," "The Clock," "Yes, Baby." and "Never Let Me Go". On Christmas Day 1954, his life was cut tragically short when he shot himself in the head accidentally (some accounts say he was playing Russian Roulette) at Houston's City Auditorium, in Houston, Texas. He was only 25 years old when he died.