Inducted in to the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in ’09 2009, known for his performances, leadership, and compositions. He created his personal orchestra in 1931. He went to the Boston Conservatory and Storer’s University before becoming a member of the Fletcher Henderson orchestra and starting to compose. He was a prolific composer who helped pioneer big music group golf swing music. He was created and elevated in Piedmont, Western Virginia. He published and organized many hit tunes for Count number Basie.