“A brief candle …”

October 20, 1977 ~ I was sitting in the studio at UW-O’s student radio station, WRST, and picked up Street Survivors, the new album released a few days earlier from Lynyrd Skynyrd. I played That Smell and remember like it was yesterday whispering to myself, “fuuuuuck.”  Half hour later I was reading about the band’s demise outside of Gillsburg, Mississippi. The band still plays on today but, as is often the case, in name only. The real Lynyrd Skynrd died along with Stevie Gaines, Cassie Gaines and Ronnie Van Zant on October 20, 1977.

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Knebworth 1976

August 21, 1976 ~ Lynyrd Skynyrd opens for the Rolling Stones and for many, they steal the damn show.

The Stones had only one rule … don’t go out on “the tongue.”  You can see they don’t want to go, but Ronnie literally drags Stevie Gaines and Ed King out there during “Free Bird.
Dig it.

How Lynyrd Skynyrd Built Momentum on ‘Second Helping’

They’re the real thing, Al Kooper told Disc and Music Echo in a 1974 interview. The Rolling Stones can carry on and dance around and have Southern accents, but these are the real thing. These boys have a shack in the middle of the Florida swamps and in their spare time they chase alligators and go fishing for catfish.

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s breakthrough second album, ‘Second Helping,’ was released on April 15, 1974.

Source: ultimateclassicrock.com


robinbannks:

I was sitting in the studio at UW-O’s student radio station, WRST, and picked up Street Survivors, the new album released a few days earlier from Lynyrd Skynyrd. I played That Smell and remember like it was yesterday whispering to myself, “fuuuuuck.”  Half hour later I was reading about the band’s demise outside of Gillsburg, Mississippi. The band still plays on today but, as is often the case, in name only. The real Lynyrd Skynrd died along with Stevie Gaines, Cassie Gaines and Ronnie Van Zant on October 20, 1977.

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