As is often the case with legacy bands, the name of Lynyrd Skynyrd will live on in live performances, and likely for years to come. But the final living piece and last original member of what most consider the premier and most defining Southern rock band has passed on.
As 2019 comes to a close and we look forward to an new year, let us take a moment to remember the country and roots music greats we lost in this past year, from bona fide legends like Earl Thomas Conley, to those who left us too soon like Neal Casal, to Hall of Famers like Harold Bradley, and major influencers like Dick Dale.
Bonnie Guitar, Chuck Dauphin, Chuck Glaser, Dick Dale, Earl Thomas Conley, Fred Foster, Harold Bradley, Jenny Pagliaro, Jerry Carrigan, Jim Glaser, John Starling, Kylie Rae Harris, Larry Junstrom, Leon Rausch, Leron Redbone, Mac Wiseman, Maria Elena Cruz, Neal Casal, Phil McCormick, Phil Thomas, Russell Smith, Sleep LaBeef, Smilin' Bob Lewis, Steve Cash, Terry Jennings, Tony Calhoun, Whitey Shafer
Bass player Larry Junstrom, who was one of the founding members of preeminent Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the long-time bass player for .38 Special, has passed away at the age of 70. A classmate of Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins and Bob Burn, he helped form Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1964.