Wrote the melody Crazy Thing. He was business lead vocalist for 1960s stone music group The Troggs for whom the melody was popular. He was a bricklayer prior to going on to compose such memorable music as Love Is certainly All Around in the film Four Wedding ceremonies and a Funeral from 1994. He made an appearance being a personality in the book The Dreams of You by Steve Erickson. His wife first observed his declining wellness in 2011. He inspired folk vocalist Bob Dylan.