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On this Date - Oct 20 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by uriah1, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. uriah1

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    What a terrible day.:(
     
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    I graduated high school where the Gaines lived. They were honored two years ago and their family home is being turned into a museum.
    Sad day indeed.
     
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    Sad day, not just the band but their sisters singers, pilot etc. Great fun band. My twin bro still has the original vinyl record with They Call Me The Breeze , which tears along @ 100 mph and Sweet Home Alabama. My favourite is The Ballad of Curtis Loew= that's a really cool song about a black man who played the dobro. That band easily, IMHO, surpassed the Allman Brothers.
     
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    Ronnie was the Man.
     
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    Lynyrd Skynyrd really turned out a good, large body of work in a short period of time.

    One is only left to wonder what might have been in Ronnie and Steve [in particular] had lived to old age.
     
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    I watched the documentary, If I Leave Here Tomorrow more than once to absorb it, there is a tremendous amount of info in it. One of the things that stands out is the remarks of Al Kooper on working with the band and how hard they rehearsed and prepared for the studio and to go on tour. They worked on their arrangements until they got them the way they [Ronnie] wanted them and then they stuck with them. They partied and got off track with frolic and detour, but they were serious about their craft.

    They struck a pretty bold contrast to other bands like Aerosmith that seemed to repeatedly go to the studio unprepared, waste copious amounts of time, increase friction and the stress level, waste money, and harm relationships. A lot of bands in the 1980s had the reputation for wasting a lot of money and time when the studio was booked for recording.

     
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    I remember the day, too.
    I was 20, and at my girlfriend’s house when I heard the news.
    I saw them at Palmer Auditorium two years prior.
    Joe Walsh and Barnstorm opened, and both bands were brilliant.
    They left us some unforgettable music.
    May they RIP.
     
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    Yep for all the cr*p they get for SHA, that is a damn fine album..if i ever get in a band and we play Curtis Loew, I can die a happy man.

    Swamp Music is my go to riff whenever I pick up a guitar.

    They were still mid 20s when they made that album.. What was I doing at 25? Not very much!
     
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    At 25 I was in a cover band... Playing SHA four nights a week.
     
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    I remember hearing the first record in high school and buying the record "Second Helping". Skynard was a great band with some high quality output. If they only had stayed out of that aircraft. Never, ever get on an aircraft if things look the least bit iffy..
     
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    Steve Gaines was the man .


    Could sing as well as (better than ?) Ronnie , better guitar player than any of them. I don’t think he would have hung with that crew for long had he lived.

    They must have been blown away when they first heard him after being bugged by Cassie when they needed a replacement ...”my brother plays guitar ...”

    “Sure Cassie...”:rolleyes:
     
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    I don't think it was either of them. It was the combination of all of them that made them such a tight, great band, including the time when Ed King was with them.
     
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    The saddest part is that some of the group actually were hesitant to board that plane, but Ronnie told them they were fired if they didn't.
     
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    I think I was the only kid in my 6th grade class that was utterly shattered by the news.
    Ronnie was one of my first rock and roll heroes. Other than stuff like First And Last, the Muscle Shoals sessions, Free Bird the movie and the like, which just gave us more from the old days, Skynyrd ceased to exist for me at that point.
     
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    I saw them at the Lakeland Civic Center a few days before the crash. A fabulous show and then a huge shock.
     
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    We used to play The Ballad of Curtis Leow. Love the tune, but frankly, it just didn't get enough reaction to keep it in our set lists.
     
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    Yeah I can see that happening, guess it's one of those songs that would make it into MY ultimate set list, but I'd probably clear the room haha
     
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    I was a big fan of Skynyrd... Fortunate to see them once live..
    I never really listened to any of the music the band made after the crash..
    I know they continued but for me it just wasn't to be.
     
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    The duo gig I'm in ( guitar/bass) plays Brewpubs and Wineries, and Curtis Loew has been an occasional request.
    I know it to sing/the chords/ a decent break, but I let folks know:
    " Just remember, you're looking at a duo here, NOT Skynyrd!"
     
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