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Bob Burns

Posted by purplemary54 on April 4, 2015

Original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns was killed in a car crash last night; he was 64.

I’ve got a real soft spot in my heart for drummers.  Burns was one of those interesting players who was both loose and tight.  He kept a good rhythm, built a good foundation for the rest of the band to play on, but he wasn’t metronomic or locked in to one beat.  He could switch it up quickly and easily, which was useful since Skynyrd’s music moved around more than your average chorus girl.

Burns left the group after their third album.  He was exhausted from the constant touring the band was doing.  This of course meant that he wasn’t with the group when they went through that horrific plane crash in 1977.  (If you haven’t seen the episode of Behind the Music about Lynyrd Skynyrd yet, I highly recommend it.)  But avoiding one tragedy doesn’t mean another won’t find you in the future.  It was reported that Burns wasn’t wearing a seatbelt when he lost control of his car, crashing into a mailbox and a tree.  While it’s fortunate that no other vehicles were involved, it’s so sad to lose someone this way.


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