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Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell dead at 56
Newsjacksonville.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2009 | Matt Soergel

Posted on 01/28/2009 9:05:58 AM PST by OL Hickory

Billy Powell, a longtime keyboard player for Lynyrd Skynyrd who survived the band's 1977 plane crash, died at his Orange Park condo early this morning, according to police.

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TOPICS: Education; History; Reference; Religion
KEYWORDS: dies; keyboard; player; powell
Prayers to his family!!
1 posted on 01/28/2009 9:05:58 AM PST by OL Hickory
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To: OL Hickory

Wow, I think this leaves only Gary Rossington left from the original line-up. And they thought he’d be the first to go. That Smell is about him.


2 posted on 01/28/2009 9:08:45 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: OL Hickory

In Memoriam:

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be travelling on, now,
‘Cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see.
But, if I stayed here with you, girl,
Things just couldn’t be the same.
‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now,
And this bird you can not change.
Lord knows, I can’t change.

Bye, bye, its been a sweet love.
Though this feeling I can’t change.
But please don’t take it badly,
‘Cause Lord knows I’m to blame.
But, if I stayed here with you girl,
Things just couldn’t be the same.
Cause I’m as free as a bird now,
And this bird you’ll never change.
And this bird you can not change.
Lord knows, I can’t change.
Lord help me, I can’t change.


3 posted on 01/28/2009 9:13:34 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Dissent is Patriotic. Palin 2012!)
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To: OL Hickory

Time to rename the band touring around now as LS. Clearly 1 original member left in the band does not make an entire name. RIP Powell..thanks for the tunes.


4 posted on 01/28/2009 9:13:56 AM PST by My Favorite Headache (Forget the 3AM phone call. Obama can not even answer the phone at 3PM.)
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To: OL Hickory

Just Damn. Wasn’t he severly overweight?


5 posted on 01/28/2009 9:15:55 AM PST by GUNGAGALUNGA
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To: My Favorite Headache

Free Bird!?


6 posted on 01/28/2009 9:16:05 AM PST by Broker
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To: My Favorite Headache

IIRC, the agreement with Ronnie Van Zant’s widow was they could call themselves Lynyrd Skynyrd as long as Rossington and two other original members were in the group (saw this mentioned in an article after Leon Wilkeson died). I also seem to recall that Gary Rossington is not on speaking terms with any of the other surviving original members.

I guess if Skynyrd continues, it’ll have to be under a new name.


7 posted on 01/28/2009 9:16:48 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Dan Gurney for President!)
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To: OL Hickory

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PENBU3lrpE


8 posted on 01/28/2009 9:17:12 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: OL Hickory

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHsDa9_HSlA

Enjoy.


9 posted on 01/28/2009 9:23:50 AM PST by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a national level")
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Leonard Skinnerd. Their gym teacher’s real name.


10 posted on 01/28/2009 9:27:08 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Here’s a link to a great article from the WSJ that is now several years old:

“Rock’s Oldest Joke: Yelling ‘Freebird’ in a Crowded Theatre”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB111102511477881964.html


11 posted on 01/28/2009 9:28:15 AM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I thought the surving members were renamed Van Zant??? Including Powell as a band member.


12 posted on 01/28/2009 9:52:49 AM PST by mommadooo3 (Old concept in justice. If the law won't take care of it, it's just us.)
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To: mommadooo3

ack....surviving


13 posted on 01/28/2009 9:53:47 AM PST by mommadooo3 (Old concept in justice. If the law won't take care of it, it's just us.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Depending on what you mean original or surviving there are only three others left. Bob Burns who is the original drummer, he played with band for the first time since 1974 at their hall of fame induction, he still gets royalties from the band, he is close to Ronnie Van Zants wife and children, he is not likely to return. Ed King was with the band when they reformed in 1987 but left for heath reasons he tried to return but the band would not take him. He also, seems to be retired from the industry. Artimus Pyle was the drummer in the accident and he has had legal and emotional problems I doubt he is able to perform. In the end I think the name should have already been retired they are nowhere near the greatness they once had I hope this time they let it go.
14 posted on 01/28/2009 10:00:08 AM PST by THE MODERATE
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To: OL Hickory

Rest in peace Billy.


15 posted on 01/28/2009 10:16:19 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: mommadooo3

Van Zant is a side project from brothers Donnie (of .38 Special) and Johnny (the current singer of Skynyrd).

Anyhow, RIP Billy.


16 posted on 01/28/2009 11:27:02 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Uncle Miltie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkTQUtx818w


17 posted on 01/28/2009 11:32:22 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: OL Hickory

Prayers for Billy.


18 posted on 01/28/2009 11:34:01 AM PST by mysterio
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To: OL Hickory
Was this the guy who crawled away from the plane wreck, struggled through the swamp, then made it to some guy's house, where the guy shot him?

That was a pretty funny story, in a way.

19 posted on 01/28/2009 11:36:33 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: massgopguy

Original drummer Bob Burns is still here in NW Georgia.


20 posted on 01/28/2009 11:36:35 AM PST by Crawdad (Barack Obama hates black people.)
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To: OL Hickory; stainlessbanner

damn...they might hang it up now

they were remarkably tight in recent years.

Godspeed Billy.

thanks for all the soundtrack to my own life


21 posted on 01/28/2009 11:38:24 AM PST by wardaddy
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To: OL Hickory; wardaddy
LS ping

I remember ol Billy setting the candle on his piano and playing Freebird.....man what a legend he is

22 posted on 01/28/2009 11:39:01 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Artimus Pyle is still alive but not with the band.

Ricky Medlock floated in and out of the band as did King.

Both are still alive.


23 posted on 01/28/2009 11:41:30 AM PST by wardaddy
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To: wardaddy
I saw henry paul has come back to the outlaws for a tour. he's taking lead vocals (since Hughie left us). They're going to run blackhawk and outlaws on the road. should be a great lineup.

Ricky's rejoined LS when Leon died, right? I got to see Leon when the boys came out with Smokestack lightning

24 posted on 01/28/2009 11:53:54 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: THE MODERATE; stainlessbanner; Travis McGee

I saw them a half dozen times in the early 70s and knew Allen Collins in passing after the plane crash.

Then when I started living fulltime back in the US again in the late 90s, I’ve seen them twice outdooors in Rome Ga, once at the Ryman here at a benefit and twice at the now closed Nashville amphitheatre

and with all due respect they could still play flawlessly better than most older touring bands I’ve seen. I’d rank them with Sabbath and ACDC for still keeping that particular sound so tight

who can blame them for still wanting to tour if the fans are still out there....25,000 average crowd in Nashville and these guys can make 4-500K a year just touring 100 dates a year...hard tickets.

my girls are friends with Medlock’s daughter who lives here and my closest business associate is-was their booking agent thru William Morris

they planned on keeping on keeping on as long as there were fans....which oddly at any of their shows would be from 12 year olds to 60.....families together

Sweet Home Alabama is like Glory Hallelujah down here


25 posted on 01/28/2009 11:54:17 AM PST by wardaddy
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To: dead
"Was this the guy who crawled away from the plane wreck, struggled through the swamp, then made it to some guy's house, where the guy shot him?"

That was Pyle. Pyle claimed in a much later radio interview that he was shot in the shoulder but there has been no medical verification. A farmer disputes Pyle's story and says he shot a warning shot in the air as two or three of them emerged out of the woods (Billy was still at the crash site).

26 posted on 01/28/2009 11:57:03 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: y'all
Here's Billy doing what he does best

LS - They Call Me the Breeze, 1987

27 posted on 01/28/2009 11:59:01 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Hatteras
Pyle claimed in a much later radio interview that he was shot in the shoulder but there has been no medical verification.

I heard him tell the story on Howard Stern many years ago. He did say he was shot in the shoulder. It was a crazy story. He said he wasn't mad at the farmer, because he came crawling out of the swamp all bloody and covered in mud and spooked the guy.

28 posted on 01/28/2009 12:34:45 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: GUNGAGALUNGA

He was. It didn’t seem to slow him down on stage, though, he was still excellent behind the keyboard.

}:-)4


29 posted on 01/28/2009 12:45:38 PM PST by Moose4 (Hey RNC. Don't move toward the middle. MOVE THE MIDDLE TOWARD YOU.)
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To: stainlessbanner
"The Breeze" Lynyrd Skynyrd circa:

1975: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYF_H7lU-YA&feature=related

1977 (b&w grainy): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SuBozi_Hp0&NR=1

Some of the hottest licks in all of Rockdom!

30 posted on 01/28/2009 1:26:13 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: wardaddy
Sweet Home Alabama is like Glory Hallelujah down here

Amen! And he died in my present home town, OP FL.

31 posted on 01/28/2009 4:45:17 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: OL Hickory

RIP.


32 posted on 01/28/2009 7:02:29 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: All

What a fine musician. Rest in peace Billy. I pray you are playing with Ronnie and the rest again in heaven. I grieve with your family, friends and fans of your passing. We will miss you.

A long time fan who had the privilege of seeing the band on several occasions.


33 posted on 01/28/2009 8:11:26 PM PST by Owatamla
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