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Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird

September 15, 2008 | 1975, Group

I doubt if any site dealing with the 1970′s doesn’t mention Lynynd Skynyrd’s Free Bird wouldn’t really be a 70′s music site. Although I have spoken with many people who remember the 70′s feel that this song was over played I still put it up there as one of the best songs of the Decade. It sure is one of my Top 10.

The song was written by group members Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant in the early day of the group and appeared on their first album, Pronounced ‘lĕh-’nérd ‘skin-’nérd. But it wasn’t until late 1974 that the group released it as a single.

The song is part ballad that ends with a raging three part guitar.

The song became the closing number of the band during their concerts.

When in 1987 it was decided to bring the surviving members on a tribute tour with Ronnie Van Zant’s brother Johnny singing lead, Johnny would not sing the words to the song. The first time that he sang in was two years later in 1989.

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