Co-wrote the Lynyrd Skynyrd hit Sweet Home Alabama and also worked with psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock.
He earned $75 a week playing at various military bases in the 1960s.
He shared the same stage and billings as The Beach Boys, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix . He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
He married Sharon Brock.
He and Ronnie Van Zant were longtime bandmates until the singer was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1977.