Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album is a great introduction to a great band. The album’s title is even a breakdown on to how to pronounce the band’s name correctly…. (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nerd). The band’s name originated from a strict gym teacher some of the members had while in high school. By the time the group’s first album was released some of the members of the band had been playing together for nearly a decade.
Most of the album featured songs that had been part of the band’s repertoire for a while so the songs were refined and they went into the studio with most of their work already prepared. Some of Skynyrd’s most renowned tracks appear on the album including Free Bird, Tuesday’s Gone and Simple Man (a song that the album’s producer Al Kooper didn’t even want the band to record).
Today’s deep cut is Poison Whiskey, a song that was not a single, but still played on occasion by the band at their concert, even the current version of the band.
Their debut eventually went double platinum an established Lynyrd Skynyrd as one of the strongest southern rock bands.
Only one member of the band that played on this album is still alive, Gary Rossington (who is still a member of the band and the only original member).
What’s your favorite Skynyrd tune?