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Larry Junstrom, 70, bassist, Lynyrd skynyrd (pre-1977 plane crash); .38 Special
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That Derek
2019-10-07 15:08:57 UTC
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Larry Junstrom, founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, dead at 70

By First Coast News
Posted at 9:02 AM

Larry Junstrom, a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and bassist for .38 Special, has died at age 70.

The announcement of Junstrom’s death was posted on Facebook by .38 Special.

“The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us,” the band posted. “He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream. He was truly one of a kind...”

[PHOTO CAPTION[ Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Larry Junstrom and Bob Burns formed Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1964.

According to Skynyrd lore, the band formed in the mid-’60s when singer Ronnie Van Zant hit a line drive into the back of the head of drummer Bob Burns on a ballfield at Park Street and Lake Shore Drive. They recruited some friends, played countless shows at school dances and in dingy clubs and became international superstars.

A 1977 plane crash brought it all to a screeching halt – or so everyone thought. But a decade later, survivors of the crash recruited a few new members and put together a tribute tour. More than three decades later, they’re still on the road but Skynyrd’s end is in sight.

The inspiration for the band’s name came from former gym teacher of two of the band members at Westside Jacksonville’s Robert E. Lee High School named Leonard Skinner who gave the members a hard time for their long hair.

Junstrom would join .38 Special in 1976, the Sun reported. He played on all 12 of .38 Special’s studio albums. He retired from the group in 2014 because of a hand injury, Ultimate Classic Rock reported.
Louis Epstein
2019-10-07 18:57:05 UTC
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Larry Junstrom, founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, dead at 70
By First Coast News
Posted at 9:02 AM
Larry Junstrom, a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and bassist for .38 Special, has died at age 70.
The announcement of Junstrom?s death was posted on Facebook by .38 Special.
?The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us,? the band posted. ?He rocked
arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream. He was truly
one of a kind...?
[PHOTO CAPTION[ Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Larry
Junstrom and Bob Burns formed Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1964.
Post by That Derek
According to Skynyrd lore, the band formed in the mid-?60s when singer
Ronnie Van Zant hit a line drive into the back of the head of drummer Bob
Burns on a ballfield at Park Street and Lake Shore Drive. They recruited
some friends, played countless shows at school dances and in dingy clubs
and became international superstars.
A 1977 plane crash brought it all to a screeching halt ? or so everyone thought. But a decade later, survivors of the crash recruited a few new members and put together a tribute tour. More than three decades later, they?re still on the road but Skynyrd?s end is in sight.
The inspiration for the band?s name came from former gym teacher of two of
the band members at Westside Jacksonville?s Robert E. Lee High School named
Leonard Skinner who gave the members a hard time for their long hair.
The players now using the name generally never met Skinner,I expect.
Junstrom joins Van Zant,Collins,Burns,Steve Gaines,Ed King,Billy Powell,
and successor bassist Leon Wilkeson in the lineup of dead Lynyrd Skynrdrs.
Post by That Derek
Junstrom would join .38 Special in 1976, the Sun reported. He played on all 12 of .38 Special?s studio albums. He retired from the group in 2014 because of a hand injury, Ultimate Classic Rock reported.
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