Gary Rossington Founding Member Of Lynyrd Skynyrd

The guitarist and songwriter who survived Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1977 plane crash co-produced rock classics like Free Bird and Sweet Home Alabama.

Guitarist-songwriter Gary Rossington

Guitarist-songwriter Gary Rossington, the last surviving member of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died at the age of 71 on Sunday (March 5), according to a post shared by the band’s official Facebook page on Monday.

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1977 plane crash survivors

Rossington, one of the band’s founding members, survived Lynyrd Skynyrd’s tragic 1977 plane crash. He played with the band until this year and on board for a tour scheduled for later this year.

Einard is in heaven with brothers and family

Gary is now in heaven with his Skynyrd brothers and family, and he’s playing it like always. Please keep Dale, Mary, Annie, and the entire Rossington family in your prayers and respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.

Rossington in the 1977 plane crash

Rossington was badly injured in a 1977 plane crash. Four members of the legendary Southern rock band—Ronnie Van Zant, guitarists Alan Collins and Larry Junstrom, and drummer Bob Burns—were killed. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

Rossington broke both his legs and arms in the accident.

Rossington broke both legs, arms and ankles, and his pelvis in the accident. However, when Van Zant’s brother Johnny reformed the group in 1987, he rejoined the band after his recovery. The band had been recording and touring ever since.

Gimme Three in 1973 debut album LP

Formed in 1964 in Jacksonville, Florida, their 1973 debut album LP featured classic tracks such as Gimme Three Steps, Tuesday’s Gone, and Simple Man. Rossington co-wrote some of the band’s biggest hits, including Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird.

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