Of Aerosmith's two longtime guitarists, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, it's Perry who usually gets all the spotlight -- due to his bluesy leads and songwriting skills (having penned most of the group's best-known songs along with singer Steven Tyler). But it's not to say that Whitford hasn't contributed to the group, as he co-wrote some of the group's best album tracks, and his solid rhythm playing served as an important ingredient to the now-identifiable Aerosmith sound. Born on February 23, 1952 in Reading, MA, Whitford became interested in music early on via his older brother, who had hopes of becoming a radio disc jockey. It wasn't long before Whitford began playing his brother's guitar and taking lessons, and playing in such obscure '60s local bands as Teapot Dome, Earth Incorporated, Cymbals of Resistance, and Justin Tyme. But upon discovering such blues-based hard rock acts as Led Zeppelin and Humble Pie, Whitford's playing took on a similar style.