2019-10-07 15:08:57 UTC
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.