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Thread: Bob Burns, Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer, killed in car crash

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    Bob Burns, Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer, killed in car crash

    Bob Burns was co-founder of popular 70s Southern rock band


    Bob Burns, centre, formed Lynyrd Skynyrd in the mid-'60s in Jacksonville, Fla. with Gary Rossington, Larry Junstrom, Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins. He died in a car crash on Friday. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty)

    The former drummer and a founding member of the Southern hard rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Robert Burns Jr., died late Friday in a single-vehicle crash in Georgia, police and his father said.
    Burns' vehicle went off a road just before midnight as it approached a curve near Cartersville, striking a mailbox and a tree, Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson said. Burns, 64, was killed in the wreck. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
    The single-vehicle accident remains under investigation, and Watson said further details were not immediately available.
    'I just remember Bob being a funny guy. He was just so funny, he used to do skits for us.' Founding bandmember Gary Rossington
    Burns was one of five musicians who founded the band in Jacksonville, Florida. While Burns was with the group, it recorded Sweet Home Alabama, Gimme Three Steps and Free Bird. He left the group in 1974.
    He continued to play for fun or in guest appearances nationally, said his father, Robert Burns Sr. Early on, the group played in the Burns' family garage."

    "He was a product of his mother, so far as manners is concerned," the elder Burns said. "He had the manners that would suit the King of England. Very soft-spoken and extremely well-mannered person to come out of that kind of industry."
    Burns formed Lynyrd Skynyrd in the mid-'60s in Jacksonville, Fla. with Gary Rossington, Larry Junstrom, Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins.

    "Today I'm at a loss for words," Rossington posted on the band's Facebook page. "I just remember Bob being a funny guy. He was just so funny, he used to do skits for us and make us laugh all the time, he was hilarious!"
    Rossington said the band was in Jacksonville yesterday and he decided to stop by the Burns's old house where they used to practice.

    "My heart goes out to his family and God bless him and them in this sad time. He was a great great drummer."

    Burns left the band in 1974.

    Source: Bob Burns, Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer, killed in car crash - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News

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    RIP Bob Burns.

    Sweet Home Alabama.


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    This band is freakin' CURSED. Is anyone else from the original band still alive? This is tragic. (Also--Sweet Home, Alabama, indeed.)
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    Sweet Home Alabama is one of my favorite juke box songs to play when the bar is full. And everyone always whoops and sings along. RIP.
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    Well, to be honest, Sweet Home Alabama is probably one of my LEAST favorite songs. I heard that damn song 300 times a day (or more) when it came out and it's practically our state anthem at this point. The only song I despise more is Free Bird. If I NEVER hear that song again, it'll be too soon.
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    Sad news, RIP

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    OMG, this band has really terrible luck. RIP.
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    Man, that's terrible. R.I.P. Thate one band could have this bad of luck, it's creepy.
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    Sad news. R.I.P

    I'm going to annoy my non-Skynard lovin' man and play a load of their stuff tonight.
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    It's great they're getting the band back together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylkyn View Post
    This band is freakin' CURSED. Is anyone else from the original band still alive? This is tragic. (Also--Sweet Home, Alabama, indeed.)
    Gary Rossington posted this on their FB page on April 4:

    "Well, today I'm at a loss for words, but I just remember Bob being a
    funny guy. He was just so funny, he used to do skits for us and make us
    laugh all the time, he was hilarious!
    Ironically, since we played
    Jacksonville yesterday. Dale, my daughter and I, went by the cemetery to
    see some of the guys in the band and my parents grave sites. On the
    way back, we went by Bob Burns old house, it was there in the carport
    where we used to first start to practice with Skynyrd. My heart goes
    out to his family and God bless him and them in this sad time. He was a
    great great drummer."

    -Gary Rossington
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    I freaking love this band. I was jamming and singing Tuesday's Gone this morning on my way to work. Cursed ain't even the word. RIP Bob.
    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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