An American Singer, Songwriter.
Ackles had been a child actor, appearing in the latter six of the eight films in Columbia Pictures' Rusty children's film series made 1945-1949.
Noted for "American Gothic". His best known work was his third album, American Gothic, released in 1972, which was produced by Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin.
His first album, the eponymous David Ackles (1968), featuring future members of Rhinoceros, did not achieve commercial success, but was influential among singer-songwriters.
Ackles' songs were occasionally covered. In 1968, Julie Driscoll & the Brian Auger Trinity had a minor UK hit with Ackles' song "Road to Cairo". This song was also covered by Howard Jones in 1990 .
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003
Ackles died of lung cancer in 1999, at the age of 62.
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