Guitarist and drummer Gary Rossington earned a place in music history as one of the founding members of the legendary rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd. Rossington was born in Jacksonville, FL, on (December 4, 1951). He quickly experienced tragedy in his life, with the death of his father. The loss caused Rossington to bond closely with his mother. In fact, when he finally purchased his first top-of-the-line guitar, he named it Berniece after his mother.