RIP Gary Rossington. Gary was not only a great guitar player, but he also composed many of the classic guitar melodies that Lynyrd Skynyrd is known for and co-wrote so many of their timeless songs. Gary helped to create a style of music all to itself which became the soundtrack to millions of people’s lives. Gary was leading the charge. Not many bands can claim the domination of the airwaves like LS did in the seventies. Even fewer can boast the staying power that a band like Lynyrd Skynyrd has portrayed. Thanks to the advent of “Classic Rock,” which they were a huge part of, LS’s timeless songs permeated the airwaves decade after decade and continue to do so. Not only that, anyone who turns on a Modern Country radio station will only have to stay tuned for ten minutes before hearing Skynyrd’s massive influence on today’s country music. They could do an entire show filled with memorable tunes and still not cover them all. Although it is great party music, their songs have an emotional depth that will keep them alive for decades to come. If you don’t believe me — put on a recording of SIMPLE MAN and try not to get emotional. Raise a glass to Gary Rossington!
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