Gary Rossington 1975


Gary Rossington 1975, hand-drawn performing with Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Omni Coliseum on July 5, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia with his 1959 Les Paul Standard cherry-burst, age 23.

Gary Robert Rossington (born December 4, 1951) is an American guitarist. He is the only remaining original member of southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, in which he plays lead and rhythm guitar.
In 2009, he became the last original member to remain in the band, and became the last surviving original member in 2019.

It was Rossington’s love of baseball that indirectly led to the formation of Lynyrd Skynyrd in the summer of 1964. He, Ronnie Van Zant, and Bob Burns became acquainted while playing on rival Jacksonville baseball teams and the trio decided to jam together one afternoon after Burns was injured by a ball hit by Van Zant.
They set up their equipment in the carport of Burns’ parents’ house and played The Rolling Stones’ then-current hit “Time Is on My Side”. Liking what they heard, they immediately decided to form a band.

On Labor Day weekend in 1976, Rossington and fellow Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins were both involved in separate car accidents in their hometown of Jacksonville.
Rossington had just bought a new Ford Torino and hit an oak tree while under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. The band was forced to postpone a tour scheduled to begin a few days later, and Rossington was fined $5,000 for the delay his actions caused to the band’s schedule.
The song “That Smell”, written by Van Zant and Collins, was based on the wreck and Rossington’s state of influence from drugs and alcohol that caused it.

Rossington was one of 20 passengers who survived the October 20, 1977 plane crash near McComb, Mississippi, that claimed the lives of Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, and three others.
Rossington was knocked unconscious; he awoke some time later on the ground with the plane’s door on top of him.
Despite breaking both arms, legs, wrists, and ankles, as well as his pelvis, Rossington recovered from his injuries and played on stage again (with steel rods in his right arm and right leg).

Rossington explains how he got his 1959 Les Paul guitar: “The first time we were ever in Nashville, playing a club called the Briar Patch, a girl said she had a Gibson Les Paul in her closet. That’s all she knew.
So we went to her house and it was a nice Les Paul. It was in great shape, but you could see it hadn’t been picked up for a long time.
They didn’t know what they had and they wanted to sell it for $1,000. So I went back with $1,000 and they said, “No.” Somebody told them it was worth $2,000 to $3,000. I told them not to sell it.
A few weekends went by and we were playing that club again, so I went over and got it”.

He no longer plays the guitar when touring, due to it’s value.

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