- From Norton, Virginia. (In 1963, he served a half-term as Mayor of Norton.)
- 1955, joined the Stanley Brothers, playing bass.
- 1956-1960, joined Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, playing guitar, singing lead.
- 1960, formed his own band, the Virginia Mountain Boys.
- 1965, worked with Earl Taylor and the Stoneman Family.
- 1970 until his death, played bass with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.
- 2006, released solo album “Sittin’ On Top of the World,” produced by Jim Lauderdale.
- Died in 2009.