Who is he? TRY to answer without reference to Google, Wikipedia, etc.

He began his musical training in 1956 when conscripted into the Royal Air Force: electing at first to serve for nine years as a bandsman playing tuba. He took up double bass as a second instrument to secure his "junior technician" stripe, and later moved to electric bass. After completing his military service he passed through the line-ups of several Dixieland jazz bands in the early 1960s, then discovered modern jazz. In 1965 he was engaged as a bandsman on the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth. In New York, after hearing a jazz electric bass in a night club, he acquired his own solid-body electric instrument, a Lake Placid Blue 1960 Fender Jazz Bass that he purchased from Manny's in New York City for $79.

Later in the 1960s he began to acquire his reputation as a session player, working for record producers such as Shel Talmy, Mickie Most, Steve Rowland, Richard Perry, Gus Dudgeon, and Tony Visconti.

In 1969 he was a founding member of the group Blue Mink and played on their song "Melting Pot", which reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. He was a member of CCS, and later featured in a mid-1970s line-up of T. Rex. In 1979, shortly after taking part in the annual A Song For Europe contest, performing "Mr Moonlight" with his group, "The Daisies", he became a co-founder of the band Sky, which had success in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Perhaps his most famous bass line is the one he created for Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" from the album Transformer (1972), the only song by Reed to reach the Top 20 in the US.