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Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist dies

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 28, 2009 by 30daysout


Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell died last night at age 56. The cause of death is unknown. Powell went from roadie to keyboardist for the mega-popular southern rock band from Jacksonville, FL. He got the gig after late lead singer Ronnie Van Zant  heard him play “Free Bird.”  

No matter what you think about Lynyrd Skynyrd, Powell’s keyboard work was great on the aformentioned “Free Bird,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “What’s Your Name?” and tons of other hits. He will definitely be missed.

The band will have more information later today on their website.

YouTube: “Free Bird” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

YouTube: “Sweet Home Alabama’ – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Rock Moment: “Free Bird,” Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1976

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 27, 2008 by 30daysout

If you’ve ever been in a band you have probably encountered the jackass at the bar, who after a few beers, inevitably will yell out “play some Skynyrd.” Then after a few more drinks, he’ll scream “Free Bird” thinking it’s new and funny. When did all of this yelling out “Free Bird” nonsense start? I’m glad you asked.


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