Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Lynyrd Skynyrd


Lynyrd Skynyrd return with a new album “Gods and Guns” which is released in this country on the 28th September 2009.

Here is a track from the album:-

“Simple Life” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

gods and guns

At this point I have to admit that I sort of lost my way with Lynyrd Skynyrd at the end of the 70’s when I moved from my “rock” phase into a period of “punk/new wave” listening.

However their debut album released in 1973 still gains the odd listen with the epic “Free Bird” and the retort to Neil Young’s “Ohio” that is “Sweet Home Alabama” being particular favourites, the latter receiving a revival via Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long”

pronounced .....


Free Bird will forever be locked in my memory banks as part of the soundtrack to a fortnight’s camping holiday in Arran back in 1978, where it was played to death on a jukebox in a pub where yours truly ruled supreme at the pool table for several drink enhanced hours with a 60-year-old dearie for a playing partner, the locals were not amused!

Their other album which I still play was their epic double live set “One More From The Road” released in September 1976.

one more from the road

It was as a live band that the Skynyrd excelled and their appearance on the Old Grey Whistle Test back in 1975 playing Free Bird is legendary and broke them into the big time in the UK


It was touring as a support act to The Who throughout their 1973 “Quadrophenia Tour” that broke them big in the US, thus it is somewhat ironic that both bands would release within a year of one and other albums with sleeves which would be tragically prophetic.

Street Survivors was their fifth studio album released on October 17, 1977. The LP is the last Skynyrd album ever recorded by original members Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins, and is the sole Skynyrd studio recording by guitarist Steve Gaines. Three days after the album’s release, on October 20, 1977, the band’s chartered airplane crashed in route to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, killing the pilot, copilot, the group’s assistant road manager and 3 band members, including Van Zant, Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines (Steve’s older sister), and severely injuring most who survived the crash. The album performed well on the charts, as did the singles “What’s Your Name” and “That Smell” (with “What’s Your Name” peaking at #13).

The sleeve shows them pictured surrounded by flames.

street survivors flames

………………it was later amended.

Street Survivors no flames

A year later The Who released their “Who Are You” album


Keith Moon is pictured sitting on a chair marked “Not To Be Taken Away” this was not to be the case as within months he was dead as a result of an accidental overdose of prescription tablets given to him to help his battle with alcohol.

September 22, 2009 - Posted by | New Music, The Who, Video | ,

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