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The First SIX Albums by Lynyrd Skynyrd bring the Week to an End as well as a Discussion of Each One and the Tragic Airplane Crash that sidelined the Band for a Decade


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Today, we look at the albums of Lynyrd Skynyrd from start to the airplane crash
Bakersfield, CA, 05-22-2016 Sunday: I mentioned yesterday that today would be a slow day, one we would devote to the original albums of the amazing Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the group that my hubby and I saw at the Bright House Amphitheater on this past Thursday night.  I have to say, the band thoroughly impressed me with their high energy levels and since I did not see them back in their heyday, I can only imagine how wild the shows must have been.  Of course, no band is the same after 30 or more years of working together but it is clear that the flame of music, friendship, and family burns strong within each of the musicians. 

The band’s debut album, “Pronounced Lynyrd Skynyrd” came out in 1973 and as you can see, I have removed the phonetics of the pronunciation of the name.  It makes it easier for me and easier for fans abroad so we do what we have to do to simplify things.  This album featured Ronnie Van Zant on vocals and as lyricist as well as guitarists Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, and Ed King (of Strawberry Alarm Clock fame) as well as keyboardist Billy Powell, drummer Bob Burns, and bassist Leon Wilkeson
This album featured “Gimmie Three Steps,” “Tuesday’s Gone,” “Simple Man,” and “Free Bird” as well as several other tunes.  For a debut album, it did mighty fine going double platinum when all is said and done, folks.  There is nothing better than that and I have to admit, I loved this album back in the day and I love it more since we saw them live at the Bright House. 

The band’s sophomore effort came out in 1974; “Second Helping” was a monster as it contained “Sweet Home Alabama” upon which, famed musician Al Kooper played the piano as well as a cover of the song by J. J. Cale, “Call me the Breeze.”  The first song was a direct rebuke of Neil Young who recently penned “Southern Man” and “Alabama,” two songs negative on the way of life lived in the South.  Coming from a Canadian, it must have stung the group and so they delivered the smoking tune for which, we will forever know them, “Sweet Home Alabama.”  The band had the same lineup with the addition of Kooper, Bobby Keys, the famed saxophonist, among others and it, too, went double platinum. 
   

The band released their third album in 1975, “Nuthin’ Fancy,” another album that went gold and eventually platinum.  The band contained one major single, “Saturday Night Special,” which did well on the charts.  The band contained the same lineup although it would be the final one with guitarist Ed King whom Steve Gaines would eventually replace.  
As you know the first two albums by the band were BIG albums, they did amazingly well on the singles and album charts and remain popular to this day.  The third album, however, reflected some of the fatigue and the weariness with which, the band had to contend but that is the life of a recording-touring act.  One can imagine what it was like for the bands of the first wave of the Second British Invasion—aka the 1960s—who recorded constantly while going on the road and playing 2-3 shows a night 6-7 days per week.  We love this album and know that you will, too, so please, check the links you will find at the bottom of the post.

The fourth studio album by Lynyrd Skynyrd came out in 1976, “Gimmie Back my Bullets.”  Although the least successful of the ‘core four’ albums, it still made it to gold status and contained a number of excellent tunes including the title cut, “Searching,” and “Double Trouble.” 
The lineup for the album featured Ronnie Van Zant (vocals), Gary Rossington (guitars), Allen Collins (guitars), Billy Powell (keyboards), Leon Wilkeson (bass), and Artimus Pyle (drums).  The band was locked into their Southern rock sound but always had room for a surprise or two, which is why we find this album extremely enjoyable.  We highly recommend this CD to all fans of the band and to new listeners, too. 


Later in 1976, Lynyrd Skynyrd released their first live album, the hard-hitting “One More from the Road.”  Having just seen the band live on Thursday night at the Bright House Amphitheater in Bakersfield, CA, I cannot imagine the intense energy the band had in its original form as the show a few nights ago seemed like a band made up of 18-20-year-olds. 
During the night, the band let us know on several occasions that “Skynyrd’s in the House” and yes, indeed they were.  When they let us know ‘they were in the house,’ it seemed as though the band dialed the heat up even more, bringing the crowd to its roaring feet. 
This album is phenomenal, it is high energy from start to finish, and it is because the band was on fire.  The band featured Ronnie Van Zant (vocals), Gary Rossington (guitars), Allen Collins (guitars), and new axe man, Steve Gaines (guitars).  Add to that vocal and three-guitar attack, we also find Billy Powell (keyboards), Artimus Pyle (drums), and Leon Wilkeson (bass).  The group augmented its sound with the Honkettes, which was a group of three female backup singers, Cassie Gaines (older sister of Steve Gaines), JoJo Billingsley, and Leslie Hawkins
The live album smokes from start to finish, which is why we urge everyone to check it out, it is indeed a snapshot in time showing the best Southern band of the 1970s, a group we think is even better than the Allman Brothers Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, and of course, the whacked-out Wet Willie.  Give this album a listen and you will enjoy it.


The final album I am going to present to you today is the fifth studio album and the sixth release by Lynyrd Skynyrd and a prophetic one if ever there was one: “Street Survivors,” released in 1977 THREE DAYS PRIOR TO THE AIRPLANE CRASH that would sideline the band for a decade. 
The album took longer to record than expected due to two car crashes, one each by both of the main guitarists, Gary Rossington and Allen Collins.  The lineup was the same as the live album with an appearance by guitarist Ed King and Rickey Medlocke who played the drums on one tune.  The album went gold quickly—within ten days of release—and would eventually hit double-platinum thanks to two big hits, “What’s Your Name,” and “That Smell,” a negative anthem regarding excessive drug use, something that plagues numerous rock-and-roll bands.   
Three days later, the band boarded its Convair CV-300 following a show in South Carolina with everyone aboard with the exception of backup singer, JoJo Billingsley.  She said that she had a prophetic dream about the impending crash of their airplane and warned the others that they should not go.  Nevertheless, the airplane flew off into rock-and-roll history by going down in a wooded area of Mississippi because it ran out of gas before reaching Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 
The pilots noted they had a problem with one of the engines and were losing fuel and so they sought an alternate airport where they could land before disaster struck.  Unfortunately, time ran out and the plane went down and crashed killing Cassie and Steve Gaines as well as vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, the assistant tour manager, and both pilots.  Everyone else suffered serious injuries and the band went into a ‘hibernation’ of sorts as no one knew what the future would bring having lost so much.
At the time, people speculated that perhaps there was excessive drug use aboard the plane as after all, the plane was full of rock stars and their supporting crew, but that was not the case.  It was one of those tragedies we seldom see nowadays but a horrendous one at the time.  It is amazing that the band recovered a decade later but recover they did and as I can safely say, having seen them on Thursday night, it was one hell of a show. 
That will do it for today; I certainly hope you will search for a tour stop near you so can seek out the best tickets you can to get up within the first 8-10 rows so you will have memories to last a lifetime.  If you are interested, please check out the links we have for you at the end of the post so you can check each one out and see if it is something of interest.  What I can say is that albums are amazing and you will love listening to them for years to come. 
See you next time, I do appreciate you spending your week with me and we will meet again, most likely sometime in 2017.  Have a great life until then—see you!  
Thank you.
Goldfish
Goldie “Goldfish” McNamara
Cook IV Institutional Chef, CWC, ACF Chefs’ Association of the San Joaquin Valley CA123




This is me back in 1977 when I was working at the Hilton Inn in Bakersfield, CA, on Rosedale Highway.  In the 1980’s, it was the Red Lion Inn but back then, I was the night sous chef and ran the cook's line at the age of 24.  I’ve had the privilege of working in Texas, Arizona, and elsewhere in California but have always returned home to Bakersfield.  Currently, I am at one of the five country clubs.
Chef Goldie “Goldfish” McNamara writes from Bakersfield, CA.

Chef Goldie “Goldfish” McNamara is a liberal Republican.

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05-22-2016 Su Miscellaneous Articles Index, Part XXXVI: “The First SIX Albums by Lynyrd Skynyrd bring the Week to an End as well as a Discussion of Each One and the Tragic Airplane Crash that sidelined the Band for a Decade” by Chef Goldie McNamara.    
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TODAY IN HISTORY—MAY 22, 2016:


Elton John featuring Bernie Taupin, Lyricist:
  1. 760: The 14th recorded perihelion passage of Haley’s Comet is reported.
  2. 1176: Near the Syrian town of Aleppo, assassins attempt to murder the great Saladin.
  3. 1370: The citizens of Brussels, Belgium, begin the expulsion of their Jewish citizens massacring those that will not depart.
  4. 1377: Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.
  5. 1458: In the opening battle of England’s 30-year War of the Roses, Richard of York takes St. Albans and captures King Henry VI.
  6. 1746: Czarist Russia and Austria sign a treaty of cooperation and peace.
  7. 1761: The first life insurance policy in North America emanates from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  8. 1762: Sweden and East Prussia sign a treaty of peace.
  9. 1807: Former Vice President Aaron Burr goes on trial for treason; however, he is acquitted.
  10. 1819: The first steam-powered vessel to cross the Atlantic, Savannah, leaves its namesake city in Georgia for Great Britain.
  11. 1849: Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (the only U.S. president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions.
  12. 1860: The United States and Japan exchanged ratifications of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce during a ceremony in, Washington D.C.
  13. 1863: The U.S. Department of War establishes the Bureau of Colored Troops.  Meanwhile, Union General Ulysses S. Grant begins the siege of Vicksburg. 
  14. 1872: The Amnesty Act restores civil rights to all Southerners with the exception of 500 deemed to be responsible for the Civil War.
  15. 1900: The Associated Press, a non-profit news cooperative, undergoes formation in New York City.
  16. 1906: The Wright Brothers file for a patent on their airplane invention.
  17. 1913: The American Cancer Society was founded in New York by a group of doctors and business leaders under its original name, the American Society for the Control of Cancer.
  18. 1915: Lassen Peak in northern California erupts with a powerful force.  It is the only mountain other than Mt. St. Helens to erupt in the continental U.S. during the 20th Century.
  19. 1931: Canned rattlesnake meat goes on sale in the state of Florida.
  20. 1933: George MacKay is the first individual who reportedly sees the Loch Ness Monster.
  21. 1935: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appeared before Congress to explain his decision to veto a bill that would have allowed World War I veterans to cash in bonus certificates before their 1945 due date.
  22. 1939: The foreign ministers of Germany and Italy, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Galasso Ciano, singed a “Pact of Steel” committing the two countries to a military alliance.
  23. 1941: British troops attack Baghdad, Iraq, to rid it of its pro-Axis government.
  24. 1942: Mexico declares war on both Germany and Japan.
  25. 1947: The Truman Doctrine was enacted as Congress appropriated military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey.
  26. 1950: Bernie Taupin, long-time songwriting partner with Elton John was born in England on this date.  
  27. 1959: Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. becomes the first black Major General in the United States Air Force.
  28. 1960: An earthquake of magnitude 9.5, the strongest ever measured, struck southern Chile, claiming some 1,655 lives.
  29. 1964: President Lyndon Baines Johnson presents his plan for the Great Society.
  30. 1968: The nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion, with 99 men aboard sank in the Atlantic Ocean.  The remains of the submarine were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.  
  31. 1972: President Richard M. Nixon began a visit to the Soviet Union, during which he and Kremlin leaders signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  32. 1992: After a reign lasting nearly 30 years, Johnny Carson hosted NBC’s Tonight Show” for the last time.
  33. 1993: In their heavyweight boxing match, Riddick Bowe scores a technical knockout of opponent, Jesse Ferguson, in the second round to win the title.
  34. 2004: In the Stanley Cup Finals, the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Calgary Flames 4 games to 3.
  35. 2013: Ibrahim Todashev, a suspect under FBI questioning in Orlando, Florida, for his connections to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, is shot dead after attacking an agent during the course of questioning.
  36. 2014: Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha becomes the interim leader of Thailand in a military coup; the military has thrown out part of the constitution, imposed a curfew, and placed media and Internet communication under its control.
  37. 2015: Construction workers working near Wembley Stadium in England find an unexploded bomb dating to the Battle of Britain.  All people around the area underwent evacuation and bomb specialists safely defused the old German bomb and removed it for disposal.



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