The live recording you will hear of Lynyrd Skynyrd this week on the All Memphis Music Specialty Show (Friday November 14th & Saturday November 15th) will come from a live broadcast on FM 100 from 1973 at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. THIS IS THE FIRST KNOWN LIVE RECORDING OF THE BAND!!
I must admit that I was a part of putting this broadcast together with National MCA Records Promotion Manager, Dick Williams. I am especially proud that I was in Atlanta "working for MCA " when Lynyrd Skynyrd hit it big. I first saw the band at a showcase for MCA employees, writers, and radio people. It was a private event. No public. Three bands played that afternoon and night and when the final band started, everybody in the club stopped in their tracks. Three guitar players, 2 drummers, background singers, keyboards, and Ronnie Van Zant. It was Lynyrd Skynyrd. Who? LYNYRD SKYNYRD. All of a sudden you knew why this band would become an American icon.
The band BLEW everyone there away. I remember very well that when "Freebird" broke into it's crescendo, there were people standing on tables. "Freebird" ended some seven minutes later, the band left the stage and EVERYBODY in that 500 seat club were comatose. A victim of one of rock's greatest bands, Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Throughout our broadcast I will give you some insights about the band, the live performance , touring with the band and what it was like to present Lynyrd Skynyrd with a Gold Record.
Hope you like the show..Jon Scott (formerly FM 100 1967-1974)
The All Memphis Music Specialty Show airs Friday night November 14th at 10:00 PM (CST MEMPHIS TIME) and is re-broadcast for the rest of our global listeners on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM (CST MEMPHIS TIME)
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