American bass guitarist for the band 38 Special who was also a founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
He started out playing with Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1964 until he was replaced in 1972.
He had also been an amateur radio operator.
He grew up with his family in Pittsburgh.
He was in the band Lynyrd Skynyrd with Ronnie Van Zant.