Billy Powell found dead

Billy PowellBilly Powell was found dead early Wednesday morning in his Orange Park, FL home. Taking into account Powell’s past heart problems doctors believe he died of a heart attack. Powell was not an athlete but he was the pianist of one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk this earth, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Powell joined the band after they heard him play their hit “Free Bird” on the piano. Powell would join the band and go on to be one of the survivors of the 1977 plane crash that took the lives of fellow band members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines.

Original members Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant wrote “Free Bird” but many referred to it as Powell’s song. Powell’s keyboards are only overshadowed in the song by Zant’s vocals and the incredible three guitar solo the song ends on. Powell is also known to take his own solo mid way through the song. Lynyrd Skynyrd would go one to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

He will be missed.

Billy Powell (June 3, 1952-January 28, 2009)

~Ben

4 Comments

I saw that yesterday. It is sad. They were a great band and it’s fun for me seeing my boys enjoying Lynyrd Skynyrd music.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Sad to hear about Powell. I didn’t really know who he was but I do know who Lynyrd Skynyrd is. Free Bird is absolutely impossible on Guitar Hero 2. I can’t beat it on hard!!
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

I love Freebird. How can you not like a song with a five minute guitar solo! That is really sad he was really good.

Bob, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

Yea Elizabeth, it is incredibly hard to play on Guitar Hero. It is the last song for a reason. Julia, I wish more kids these days would be exposed to older music. The stuff today is not anything close to what it used to be. Guys are in it just for the money and only make songs that will get played on the radio. Bob, I absolutely love Free Bird. It is my favorite song of all time, slightly ahead of “Best of You” by the Foo Fighters. The solo in my opinion is the best of all time.

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