Newswire: R.I.P. founding Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Robert Burns Jr.
Robert Burns Jr., the original drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died. According to a report from Billboard, he was in a car driving through Georgia late at night on Friday when the vehicle went off the road and hit a tree. He was 64.
Burns—along with Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, and Larry Junstrom—co-founded Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1964 (though the band went through a number of a different names before settling on a mocking tribute to a former gym teacher). Burns left the band in 1974 due to the pressures of touring, but he was around for its first two studio albums, (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) and Second Helping. That means, despite being with the band for only a short time, he had the honor of playing on some of its biggest hits, including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Simple Man,” and, of course, “Free Bird.”