David Wheat played guitar with many big bands in the 1950's and performed with the Playboy Jazz All Stars in 1959. He recorded with Chet Baker Trio on Embraceable You, My Funny Valentine and There's a Lull in My Life in 1957. Baker's soft moody vocals (no trumpet) accompanied by only David on nylon string acoustical guitar with bassist Ross Savakus.
With lyricist Bill Loughborough, David wrote the jazz classic, Better Than Anything, going on to write the up beat jungle sounds of Coo Coo U, made popular by Manhattan Transfer.
Buckhweat, the nick name he went by, is most known as the stand-up bass accompanist with the original Kingston Trio, where he brought a sence of jazz to the popular folk groups sound in their early recordings, touring for years and worked on several albums. His remarkable feel drives the Dave Guard vocal on Fast Freight with only his moody bass line as backup, remenisant of his earlier work with Chet Baker.
Leaving in 1961 with the groups founder Dave Guard to form The Whiskeyhill Singers, recording and performing folk songs on the soundtrack to the MGM Cinerama epic How The West Was Won (1962).
Bud and Travis inclusion of David Wheat, or Buckwheat, as musical director and accompanist gave the duo wider musical horizons as Buckwheat was equally at ease with jazz guitar, string bass, and the arranger's manuscript. He was previously with the Jerome Richardson Quartet.