Lynyrd Skynyrd Original Drummer Bob Burns Dies in Car Crash

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Lynyrd Skynyrd is mourning one of their own. The band's original drummer, Bob Burns, died Friday in a car crash in Cartersville, Georgia. He was 64.

Robert Lewis Burns Jr.always loved music. He formed a band with his teenage friends in the 1960s in Jacksonville, Florida.

Originally called My Backyard, then The Noble Five, and then One Percent, the band members eventually settled on the name Lynyrd Skynyrd in a mockery-turned-tribute to their physical education teacher, Leonard Skinner. Mr. Skinner wouldn't allow his male students to wear their hair long.

Bob Burns lent his percussion talents to the first two Lynyrd Skynyrd albums, on which hits like 'Free Bird' and 'Sweet Home Alabama' appeared. He left the band in 1974, after deciding he wasn't quite cut out for life on the road. Burns was subsequently replaced by Artimus Pyle. When Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, however, Bob Burns performed with the band for the special event.

Artimus Pyle paid tribute to Burns on his band's Facebook page.

Fans we are absolutely devastated this morning after learning that our dear friend, band mate and original Lynyrd...

Posted by Artimus Pyle Band on Saturday, April 4, 2015

Gary Rossington, who was also a founding member of the band, paid tribute to Bob Burns on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Facebook page.

Well, today I'm at a loss for words, but I just remember Bob being a funny guy. He was just so funny, he used to do...

Posted by Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday, April 4, 2015

How sad that the music world has lost such a talented drummer. Bob Burns will forever be remembered for his time with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.