Elmo is a native of Lexington, Kentucky, and has a degree in veterinary medicine. After moving to San Francisco, he opened an animal hospital and became a competitive runner, all while continuing to play with his bluegrass band. It was then that he recorded "Grandma..." (written by his friend Randy Brooks) and became an instant regional superstar.
Elmo originally invested $40,000 of his own money to produce the original album and music video for "Grandma..." and in return, he's become "a millionaire five times over" . Since then, Elmo has become part of a class action suit against Sony based upon the royalties paid from digital downloads and ringtone sales.
In a Christmas special, "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," Dr. Elmo is the voice of Grandpa, and performs a small portion of a song, "Grandma's Spending Christmas with The Superstars."
Elmo & Patsy - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, 1984
Dr. Elmo's Twisted Christmas, 1992
Dr. Elmo's Twisted Tunes, 1993
Dr. Elmo - Love, Death, and Taxes, 2000
Dr. Elmo - Up Your Chimney, 2000
Dr. Elmo's MisceLOONYous Tunes, 2000
Dr. Elmo - Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, 2002
Dr. Elmo - Christmas in the U.S.A., 2004
Dr. Elmo Sings the Boos, 2005
Redneck Dracula, 2006 (Dr. Elmo on 6 songs and The Halloween Ghouls on 4)