Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington is celebrating his 66th birthday today. Besides…

Written by on December 5, 2017


Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington is celebrating his 66th birthday today. Besides being a founding member of Skynyrd, he is also a founding member of The Rossington-Collins Band along with former Lynyrd Skynyrd bandmate, Allen Collins.

On Labor Day weekend in 1976, Rossington and fellow Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins were both involved in separate auto accidents in their hometown of Jacksonville. Rossington had just bought a new Ford Torino, and hit an oak tree while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The band was due to go on tour in a couple of days, but had to postpone this tour due to Rossington’s accident. The song “That Smell” was based on the wreck, and Rossington’s state of influence from drugs and alcohol at the time. “Whiskey bottles and brand new cars, oak tree you’re in my way. There’s too much coke and too much smoke.”

Gary is the only surviving original member of Skynyrd. They did have to cancel some show a little while back as Gary had to undergo an operation for some blocked arteries.

Happy Birthday Gary!!




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