- Date of Birth:
- November 24, 1950
Bob Burns (born Robert Louis “Bob” Burns on Nov. 24, 1950) was the drummer from the original line-up of iconic rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He helped form the band in 1964 with Gary Rossington and Larry Junstrom. Remaining in the band until 1974, he left after reportedly being overwhelmed by the band’s constant touring. Nevertheless, Bob played with the band in 2006, including Gary, for the band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction. Bob tragically died in a car crash in Georgia on April 3, 2015.
Best Known For:
Bob is best known for being the original drummer of southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose hit songs include “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Bob attended Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida. It was there he was given school suspensions for causing trouble with Gary, Larry, Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins. They dropped out of high school, moved to a cabin and formed Lynyrd Skynyrd, named after their gym teacher Leonard Skinner who repeatedly punished them. He was married to Marsha Burns.