Gary Rossington, the founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, died at the age of 71.

Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Gary Rossington, the iconic guitarist for the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died at the age of 71. On its official Facebook account, the band confirmed Rossington’s death with a note. Rossington was the last original Lynyrd Skynyrd member to depart. Read More…

Gary Rossington, founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd

The band announced on Sunday (March 5th) with great sorrow and sympathy that they have lost their brother, friend, family member, songwriter, and guitarist, Gary Rossington. They stated that Gary has now joined his Skynyrd brothers and family in heaven and is playing beautifully, just as he always did.

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In 1964, Gary Rossington formed Lynyrd Skynyrd with childhood friends Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, Larry Junstrom, and Bob Burns. The band underwent several lineup changes and performed under different names for a number of years until being discovered by Al Kooper of Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s debut album was released in 1973, featuring Rossington, Van Zant, Collins, Burns, Ed King, Leon Wilkeson, and Billy Powell. Burns left in 1974 and was replaced by Artimus Pyle, while Steve Gaines replaced King in 1975.

Out of the individuals onboard during the Mississippi plane crash on October 20, 1977, which resulted in the passing of Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, and three additional passengers, he was among the 20 who survived. Following the passing of bassist Larry Junstrom in 2019, Rossington now stands as the sole surviving original member.

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