by Steve Newton, The Georgia Straight April 4th, 2015
Original Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns–who played drums on the band’s first two albums–died last night after a single-car accident near Catersville, Georgia, when his car went off the road and hit a tree.
He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
As the drummer on 1973’s (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) and 1974’s Second Helping, Burns kept time on such deathless tracks as “I Ain’t the One”, “Gimme Three Steps”, “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Workin’ for MCA”, “Free Bird”, and the cover of J.J. Cale‘s “Call Me the Breeze”.
When the band played the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver last month it performed all of those songs–as well as “Mississippi Kid”, the only Skynyrd tune that Burns got a co-writer credit for.
Burns formed the group in the mid-’60s in Jacksonville, Florida, with Gary Rossington, Larry Junstrom, Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins.
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