The man behind one of the most recognizable piano intros of all-time passed away this morning at the age of 56. Billy Powell of Lynyrd Skynyrd died at his home in Orange Park, Florida around 2AM. Powell’s death leaves guitarist Gary Rossington as the only living member of the band to survive the 1977 plane crash that killed three of his band mates.
Skynyrd’s Friday night show in Kinder, Louisiana has been cancelled but no further decisions about the band’s future have been made. Let’s remember Billy with one of last versions of Freebird before the plane crash…
- Rolling Stone: Billy Powell Dead at 56