Student in public schools, Ferriday, Louisiana.
Partner Gilley's Club, Pasadena, Texas, 1971-1989. Owner Gilley's Theatre, Branson, Missouri, since 1990. President, owner Gilley's Texas Cafe, since 1992, owner Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 1995—2000, Gilley's Rest., Pasadena, Texas, 2002—2005.
Member Country Music Association, Academy Country Music, American Federation of television and Radio Artists, Musicians Local 65. Clubs: Moose.
Married Vivian McDonald, December 27, 1962. 1 son, Gregory Brent.