Lynyrd Skynyrd earliest known recording of “Sweet Home Alabama” before a live Ardent Studio audience in Memphis 10/30/73.
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In September 1976, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Atlanta’s venerable Fox Theater each needed a minor miracle. Performing over three hundred shows on 1975’s notorious “Torture Tour” had original Lynyrd Skynyrd members dropping like flies. Forty-five years ago, three things were evident: America’s hyped bicentennial was entering the history books even as the wrecking ball was heading for the Fox Theater; a live “best of” discounted price double album by Peter Frampton earlier that year was re-writing the record books; and Lynyrd Skynyrd was selling more concert tickets than copies of their diminished ranks studio album Gimme Back My Bullets . The band needed a stop-gap recording that could capture their lightning in a bottle live show, and the Fox Theater needed a lightning rod which could make saving it a cause celebre. Original co-founder guitarist Gary Rossington joins me here In the Studio for the tale behind “One More from the Road”.
“Things Goin’ On”, a song that appeared on the “Pronounced” album. This acoustic performance of it on Q102 in Dallas March 24,1993 features current Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant plus two original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarists, Gary Rossington and the late Ed King
“Nuthin’ Fancy” indicated a creative well running low for Lynyrd Skynyrd which would only worsen soon on “Gimme Back My Bullets”. No doubt the non-stop pace of nearly constant touring partly was to blame, but there was something darker and even more sinister which no one outside the band knew, nor anyone in it would admit. This tour had casualties…
Lynyrd Skynyrd in Memphis’ Ardent Studio 10-30-73 performing “Workin’ for MCA”
Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd “In the Studio” for a Southern-fried serving of “Second Helping”.
“Woman of Mine” by Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of only two Leon Wilkeson collaborations with lyricist/ singer Ronnie Van Zant, but had it not been performed live in Ardent Studio in Memphis on October 30, 1973 during a promotional broadcast on Memphis radio station WMC-FM, there is a real high probability that we would never have known of its existence…
L-R Ed King, Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd performing “Sweet Home Alabama” acoustically in front of a small invited audience- Q102 Dallas , Spring 1993 -Redbeard
We are very sad to report that original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, the only original member who did not grow up in Jacksonville Florida but was a Southern Californian they met when he was in the Strawberry Alarm Clock, died at his home in Nashville August 22. Ed King was 68 and had been […]
Over time the perception seems to have become that Lynyrd Skynyrd had a date with destiny, an almost Shakespearean drama of dreams, aspirations, triumph, and tragedy to which all of us were immediately and keenly aware from the moment of “Pronounced” ‘s release, which is no more true than imagining Will Shakespeare did not toil, struggle, and starve in relative obscurity in his time.