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His wife, Sybil Burton (Sybil Williams), was Richard Burton's first wife.

He is the stepfather of actress Kate Burton, currently starring in a Broadway revival of "The Elephant Man" (2002).

In 1965, he and his rock band " The Wild Ones" were the first to record the rock standard "Wild Thing", written by Chip Taylor(actor Jon Voight's brother). As a discoteque band named "The Wild Ones", "Wild Thing" was intended to be their signature song. A year later it became a multi million seller for "The Troggs". The song was also adopted by Jimi Hendrix.

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