Do you remember the first time you heard the long, live version of Lynyrd Skynyr…

Written by on September 13, 2018

Do you remember the first time you heard the long, live version of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird"?

Chances are it was on Sept. 13, 1976. It was on that day that the band released their first live album "One More For / From The Road. It was their only live album from the "classic" era of the band (1970–1977) prior to the plane crash that killed lead singer/songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, as well as band members Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines.

The live version of "Free Bird" on this album became a favorite of radio DJ's who wanted to take a break for a smoke or whatever as it was over 13 minutes long.

It has become kind of a standing joke for people to request "Free Bird' from bands playing mainly in the bars, but be honest, when it comes on the radio, how many of you crank it to 11? We think by law you have to in Georgia and Florida.

Happy 42nd birthday to Lynyrd Skynyrd's live LP "One More For / From The Road"!!!




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