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Guitarist Gary Rossington, founding member of Southern rock pioneers Lynyrd Skynyrd, feels like the last of a dying breed. 'When you look at all of the bands - especially from the South - that were around when we started, there aren't many of us left,' he told me in a recent phone conversation. 

As the sole original member in the current Skynyrd lineup, Rossington may also have been referencing his own role in the band. The October 1977 plane crash that killed original Skynyrd lead vocalist and lyricist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and singer and vocalist Cassie Gaines, signaled the end of the Skynyrd name for a decade. Rossington spent years recovering from the crash that shattered both of his arms, legs, wrists, ankles and pelvis. A broken heart took longer to heal. 

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Thursday, 20 December 2012 10:29

Lynyrd Skynyrd crash survivor looks back

Band's former manager offers new book Turn it Up!' free to veterans and military personnel

Oct. 20, 1977 is a date that Ron Eckerman has thought about nearly every day for the last 35 years.

Eckerman was tour manager for Lynyrd Skynyrd - at the time, one of the biggest bands in America. On that particular Thursday, the group and their entourage were flying from Greenville, South Carolina to their next concert, scheduled for Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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