Skip to comments.Marking Lynyrd Skynyrd's tragic anniversary (35th Anniversary )
Posted on 10/20/2012 9:51:00 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen
This Saturday marks the anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies in rock and roll; its been 35 years since the plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd on its 1977 ill-named Tour of the Survivors went down in the Louisiana swamps, taking the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, backup singer Cassie.
To this day, the fault of the crash is still unknown, wrapped in rumor and conjecture. Whether it was pilot error or plane malfunction, the undisputable fact remains that one of the most talented bands to come out of the United States was snuffed out when it was entering its prime.
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Artumus Pyle, monster drummer. Hard to emulate live.
I tell my wife I want Freebird played at my funeral. She just rolls her eyes.
It’s interesting how many great musicians died tragically and especially in plane crashes.
I was at the Hollywood Sportatorium to see their last concert....and to us locals then it was no secret what happened
Jim Croce’s plane went down here in Louisiana as well, but the biggest musical tragedy to occur in Louisiana remains, by far, the birth of Brittany Spears.
“I tell my wife I want Freebird played at my funeral. She just rolls her eyes.”
Hell I don’t even know you and I’m rolling my eyes.....
Stalled due to fuel exhaustion, destroyed on impact during emergency landing attempt.
Story has it the Convair 330 was having fuel problems earlier dumping fuel in flight.
I saw Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Spectrum in Philly in 1976 about a year-and-a-half before they crashed. I wasn’t real familiar with their music and only went because a friend had tickets. Some people were yelling “Freebird” almost from the start of the show and my friend explained it was the band’s biggest hit. I also remember Ronnie Van Zant getting annoyed about it and basically telling people, “Okay, you know we’ll be doing that one at the end.”
It was an enjoyable concert but in retrospect I wish I was as familiar with their songs as I am now.
This revives a strange memory for me.
I had a good friend back then, Duke Baugher, who I had recently introduced to aviation. He went all in, and decided to get his commercial pilot’s license and become an airline pilot. This entailed accumulating a lot of air hours, so he would fly anything, anywhere to further his quest. He called me late one night from Greenville, SC airport, as he sometimes checked in randomly. He said, “You’re not going to believe this.I just walked around the tour plane for Lynyrd Skynyrd while they were refueling my plane! It’s parked right next to me on the ramp!”
We agreed that it was about the coolest thing in the world, talked some more, and said goodbye. I drifted off to sleep with WMMR-FM on my radio in the Philly suburbs. Good to hear from my buddy!
I awoke to a loud version of Free Bird playing on the radio in the wee hours, with the DJ sadly announcing the fatal crash of that same plane just hours after my buddy had called me about it. How sad and weird was that? I remember it like it was last week.
Harvey In the Morning? I grew up in Newtown Square, MN High class of 77. Just the mention of MMR took me back to my youth, listening to Ed Sciaky, Michael Tearson, Harvey,and so many others. I saw alot of shows in the Spectrum-The Who, The Dead, Dylan, Clapton with Muddy Waters, Rush, Neil Young, and many others. Never got to see Skynyrd, but certainly a tragic loss. On election night, maybe Mitt can have the band play Tuesday’s Gone and dedicate it to Obama.
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My kinda music. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Outlaws, ZZ Top, Charlie Daniels, Yee Hah.
Well, the line “But, if I stayed here with you, girl,
things just couldn’t be the same.” is pretty relevant, considering how much you’d stink in a week or so.
*If* I were going to even have a funeral, I’m torn between something by Type O Negative and Alice Cooper.
[Maybe “Love You To Death” or “Killed By Love”]
Hell, I could put together a playlist and have a pretty morbid concert going on.
Johnny endorsing Mitt *almost* makes up for wimping out to the PC crowd and dropping the Confederate flag.
How about Killed by Death from Motorhead?
I’ve got the original “Street Survivors” album.
[before they changed the cover]
Never played it.
Still in the plastic.
When they came on people were talking, until they started playing, then the crowd let out a big roar of approval. We almost didn't even want to see The Who by the end of Lynyrd Skynyrd's performance. Of course The Who put on a great performance as well. All in all an awesome concert.
I went to the record store the next morning to get their album. The guy at the store had no clue who I was talking about, and he was no slouch when it came to music. I think it took him about a week to get the album to me.
Or “Life’ll Kill Ya” , by Warren Zevon.
Oh, hell yeah.
[backed by Ace of Spades, of course]
Now, how do I work a little White Zombie into my heavy metal send off?
Ah...Super-Charger Heaven..of course!
[so now I’ll blurt it out..Lemmy is hot]
Some things are etched in our memory, and I can understand why that would be. Imagine your friend on that memory.
I dont want people to be unhappy ever - even at my funeral
I want beers passed around and “Call me the breeze” played over and over until people start dancing!!
Yesterday a local (Houston) radio guy talked about this anniversary and played their music all day. MichaelBerry@Iheartradio.com.
You and I share the same music tastes. I love Marshal Tucker Band. “Can’t you see” is one of my all time favorites. Of course, being from Bama, “Sweet Home Alabama” is a solid #1 with me over the years.
Hey...we’re making up our funeral playlists.
I know you’ll have some...”interesting” picks.
[NO Weem or Mongolian throat singing allowed]
Joe Walsh/Life’s Been Good To Me So Far would be...funny.
Same here. I told my wife I want "Gimme Three Steps" played. Eye roll. LOL!
Since Sybeck apparently intends to spend his afterlife in her living room, “That Smell” would be more apropos.
My survivors will be the ones who put me in that coffin.
My last wish would be to make them suffer my music.
The Busy season was picking up, pre-Christmas and Weddings. It was a Sad day, all the kitchen guys were blue-collar football types listening to "WCCC" on 1st gen boom boxes if you will, we were all bumbing, they were all pretty lively but man they all were quiet...
I don’t know about all that “hot” mess, but he does
a hella-good job here with Ozzy and Slash:
OMG...never saw that video before.
[and yeah, he’s -hot-]
[I’ve watched “Lemmy” like a dozen times now]
I hope Neil Young will remember a southern man don’t need him around anyhow..
It’s an old tune.
Covered it a few times. ;-)
We still go to the Mann and the Tower often.
Saw the Shins at the Tower recently, and Robert Plant/Alison Kraus at the Mann a couple years ago. The Electric factory is still going, but I haven’t heard much about the Main Point in a long time.
I was a little young for the Electric Factory. The only concert I ever saw at the Mann was the Philadelphia Orchestra. I loved the Tower and saw many great shows there—The Dead, Steven Stills, America, Spyrogyra, Guess Who and others. We’d take the bus to 69th Street, stop at the Balcony for “supplies,” then go to the show. Also at the Spectrum I saw AC/DC, Blue Oyster Cult, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, the Outlaws and Molly Hatchet, U2, and others. I was also in JFK for Live Aid in 85. I haven’t lived there in many years, but I have many great memories of The Spectrum, the Tower, and the Vet. In fact, l9 years ago tonight we were in the Vet for Game 4 of the World Series. Phils lost to Toronto l5-14.
I remember going to the Electric Factory to see Steppenwolf. The warm-up act was a new unknown piano player from England, doing his first U.S. gig. Dressed in just a pair of white coveralls. He played the piano, literally, until his fingers bled. The crowd wouldn’t let him off the stage, and I’m sure Steppenwolf was sitting backstage, collectively P.O.’ed. That was the first time I ever heard of ELTON JOHN, and the rest is history.
I almost forgot.
That last piece was in Russian. Here’s what he’s saying -
O rocks majestic
With a roar the waves shatter themselves
And with white foam, turn and flee back.
But the hard grey rocks handle the waves,
Above the sea they stand.
These stony rocks are like, to us Vikings, our bones.
The wavy sea runs in us like our blood,
While our secretive thoughts are like the fog.
We, in the sea were born, in the sea will die.
Swords heavy, arrows sharp have the Vikings.
They bring the enemy death without missing.
Brave people in the countries of the half-night,
Their great god Odin thunders the sea.
“Heres what hes saying -”
Bruce Dickinson, similar metaphor:
I figure “Sweet Home Alabama” would be suitable for my wake because, after all, “Lord, I’m comin’ home to you.”
But, “Freebird” could work, too.
I love that suggestion. I've been a huge Skynyrd fan since I saw them back in '76. Other choices for the assembled: Simple Man and I Know a Little (that'll get 'em dancing).
Thanks, Foucault’s Pendulum.
I also found this one with 2.3 million hits:
I recently heard Artimus Pyle call into a radio show, he said he ran to get help after the crash and the farmer whose place he stumbled upon actually shot him in the shoulder. He said he was covered in blood, and looked like a member of the Manson family, and didn’t blame the young kid too much. The person who shot him was a young man who was a fan, and worried that if his neighbors found out he shot Skynard’s drummer after the band’s plane went down he would be lynched.
I had never heard that part of it before.
Hell I dont even know you and Im rolling my eyes.....
Haha! There is something about that music which transcends for so many people still.
One More From The Road is one of the greatest live rock albums ever.
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