Happy Birthday today (Dec. 4) to guitarist Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd (66). Also celebrating is singer Vinnie Dombroski of Sponge (55).

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Gary Rossington is a founding member, and the lead guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd. In addition to Lynyrd Skynyrd, he was also a founder of the Rossington-Collins Band with Allen Collins. Lynyrd Skynyrd first gained popularity out of Jacksonville, Florida in 1973 with their debut album and the hit “Freebird”. Three band members died in a terrible plane crash at the height of their success in 1977. The band would reunite in 1987 with surviving members and lead singer Johnny Van Zant (younger brother of singer and founder Ronnie Van Zant) and would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

As of 2017, Rossington is the only original member still with the band. Lynyrd Skynyrd released One More for The Fans, a two cd/dvd concert back in 2015 and continue to tour with dates scheduled through 2018. Cheers to Gary Rossington on his birthday today!