His death was announced Sunday on the official Facebook account of .38 Special, a rock band that Junstrom joined in the 1970s following his stint with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Larry Junstrom was a founder of Lynyrd Skynyrd and played on all of .38 Special's albums. Matt Soergel @SoergelMatt Sunday May 20, 2018 at 12:01 AM May 21, 2018 at 1:22 AM. Donnie Van Zant, the younger brother of Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Ronnie, began playing music himself during his teen years, forming the band Standard Production in 1968, which paved the way for Sweet Rooster, Donnie's first professional outfit that he formed in 1969 with guitarist Jeff Carlisi and bassist Ken Lyons, soon joined by drummer Steve Brookins. The announcement was made on Sunday via .38 Special… Larry Junstrom, a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the longtime bassist for .38 Special, has died, according to a post on .38 Special’s Facebook page.He was 70. I miss that great guitar sound of Jeff Carlisi & I've noticed that there are other new band members in this group as well, Whatever happened to the original 38 Special? We will miss our friend and partner," .38 Special's statement added. "The neighborhood doesn't exactly scream vacation," Smith observed. (Source: .38 Special/Facebook) By Ed Payne | October 7, 2019 at 10:48 AM CDT - Updated October 7 at 10:57 AM (Gray News) – Larry Junstrom, who rocked us as a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and as the long-time bassist for .38 Special, has died at age 70. Read our account of the 1977 plane crash that claimed the life of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant, including new recollections from a survivor. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Eventually it grew to have three apartments attached to the main house, one of which Smith is thinking of turning into a music studio, possibly as a nonprofit where local kids could learn music. 'Van Zant House,' childhood home of Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special singers, now officially history . Sister was a fantastic cook.". "Certainly. Compil. Carlisi left Sweet Rooster after graduating high school to study architecture at Georgia Tech and was replaced by Don Barnesin 1970. A big reason for that was Marion Van Zant, whom he called by her nickname, Sister. Larry Junstrom helped found Lynyrd Skynyrd before joining .38 Special. ‘A strong blow’: Gianluca Vacchi reveals his baby was born with this common defect, Leslie West, guitarist of rock band Mountain, has died at 75, US military confirms pandemic won’t sideline Santa Claus, Epicurious is righting cultural wrongs one recipe at a time, From ‘Wonder Woman’ to ‘Star Wars,’ Jenkins’ rise continues, A look at the 29 people Trump pardoned or gave commutations. Lynyrd Skynyrd is on its farewell tour, Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, which will stop June 29 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek with 38 Special. And what a heritage it has: "Musicians Ronnie, Donnie and Johnny Van Zant spent their formative years growing up in this house with their sisters and parents between the 1950s and 1980s," the plaque says, before noting Ronnie's role in forming Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny's role as singer in the reborn Skynyrd, and Donnie's role as a founding member and singer for .38 Special — all told, a legacy that's a "prodigious contribution to the world of rock music.". Forty years after Saturday Night Special was released, and 38 years since the plane crash that killed Ronnie and five other members of Skynyrd and their entourage, only one member of the seven-man line-up that recorded this song remains in the band: guitarist and co-founder Gary Rossington. Family Home of .38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd Members Gets Florida Historical Marker. Get unlimited digital access for only $4.99 per month. Larry Junstrom, one of the founding members of popular rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, has reportedly passed away at the age of 70. Donald Newton Van Zant (born June 11, 1952) is an American rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist. "You'll see them pull up real slow and look at the house, they'll drive around the block a couple times, pull back up at the driveway. He found the house while looking for property in the area, learned about its history and decided something needed to be done to officially acknowledge it. Larry Junstrom, an original member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd and the longtime bassist for .38 Special, has died. "She never let no one in the neighborhood go hungry. 5/21/2018. Brookins also left to work a… "We are sending our devoted love, strength and comfort to his wife Thania and Larry’s family. We didn't have 700 channels like today. Lynyrd Skynyrd on new music, loss and farewell tour, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Those touches fit in with the acoustical tile ceilings and the wood paneling on the walls, where Smith will place Skynyrd memorabilia where once the Van Zant parents hung gold records. It's a mix of small, older houses, mobile homes and some new construction, including a few Habitat for Humanity homes going up catty-corner from the property. Style: Hard Rock, Southern Rock. So, along with the marker (for which the state is paying half) he's restoring the house to look like a time capsule from the '70s, complete with an avocado-green rotary-dial phone and a wooden console stereo with an eight-track player and several Skynyrd eight-tracks that still sound just fine. Lynyrd Skynyrd *1964 US album by: 38 Special *1974 US album by: Producers. Lynyrd Skynyrd / 38 Special Christmas. The Music of Southern Rock & Outlaw Country. Wikipedia Home of Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special officially history By MATT SOERGEL The Florida Times-Union. Larry Junstrom, an original member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd and the longtime bassist for .38 Special, has died. ", 'Our time is coming to an end':Lynyrd Skynyrd on new music, loss and farewell tour, Junstrom formed Lynyrd Skynyrd with singer Ronnie Van Zant, drummer Bob Burns and guitarists Gary Rossington and Allen Collins in 1964, but left before the band recorded their 1973 debut album, "Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd. With five tracks by Lynyrd Skynyrd and five by 38 Special, this is a compilation of both of their individual Christmas albums Christmas Time Again and Wild-Eyed Christmas Night, which were both recorded late in their careers, so do not feature the original line-ups. Lynyrd Skynyrd founding member and longtime .38 Special bassist Larry Junstrom has died at age 70.. The 53-year-old bon vivant documented the 25-year-old’s pregnancy and even posted videos of them dancing in the hospital while she was in labor. He grew up a block away from the Van Zant house and, like other kids in the neighborhood, spent hours there. Real-time updates and all local stories you want right in the palm of your hand. That's what he came from," he said. The older brother of two other rock vocalists: current Lynyrd Skynyrd lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant and Donnie Van Zant, the founder and vocalist of 38 Special. The southern rocker's death was confirmed by .38 Special on Facebook. Donnie and Johnny Van Zant also perform together as the group Van Zant. There will never be another like him. The rough streets of Shantytown, an easy bike ride from the Cedar River, where they fished, and not far from the old Speedway Park, a dirt oval auto racing track where they hung out, helped make the Van Zant boys who they were. Larry Junstrom, longtime bass player with Jacksonville rock band .38 Special and a … His … Lacy, a truck driver, added on to the small home as he could over years, doing the work himself, with perhaps more enthusiasm than skill. Tracklist . Longtime .38 Special and founding Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Larry Junstrom has died at the age of 70..38 Special confirmed the news on Facebook saying, “The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us. This dvd of Lynyrd Skynyrd & 38 Special is a must have,though it's understandable that Skynyrd has a new lineup,Whatever happened to the rest of the original members of 38 Special? The music of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot, 38 Special, & Molly Hatchet. We didn't have nothing but four channels. Larry Junstrom, a founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd and bassist for .38 Special, has died at age 70. He wants to turn the house into a short-term rental for Lynyrd Skynyrd fans who might want to live, briefly, in the place where the music began. The Florida Times Union: ‘Van Zant House,’ childhood home of Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special singers, now officially history. He is the middle of three sons; his older brother Ronnie was the original lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd who died in a 1977 plane crash in Mississippi, and his younger brother Johnny has been the lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd since 1987. The house is at 5419 Woodcrest Road, one block off Lake Shore Boulevard, in a blue-collar neighborhood the Van Zant boys called Shantytown. ". Deep drainage ditches line the streets in front of heavily wooded lots, and there's talk of sidewalks someday. American musician, known as the lead vocalist, primary lyricist, and founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Van Zant parents chose to stay in the house where they raised their kids, even as their sons — who shared a bedroom growing up — became rock stars. He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream. He says it's a shame city leaders in Jacksonville haven't done more to acknowledge the homegrown band, but thinks Ronnie Van Zant would get a kick out of the historical plaque that's going up. She'd always fix big dinners for everybody. LYNYRD SKYNYRD Taps STYX, BLACKBERRY SMOKE, 38 SPECIAL And More For 'Simple Man Jam' In Orlando January 15, 2020 0 Comments Copied to clipboard. 5K likes. Despite not featuring the original line-ups, this is excellent rocking Christmas music. By Associated Press. ", The bassist went on to join the rock band .38 Special in 1977, fronted by Van Zant's younger brother, Donnie. "He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream. Todd Smith's Toyota Prius pulled onto the front yard of the modest house on the Westside, back hatch slightly ajar to make room for the big piece of Jacksonville history inside. "We all learned how to play drums in that house, we all learned how to swing on the swing-set out there — that's where we learned to sing. LARRY Junstrom, a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and longstanding bassist with band 38 Special, has died aged 70. Click to copy. Sign up for the Afternoon Update and get the day’s biggest stories in your inbox. The news was announced on the .38 Special Facebook page, … So he's going to put an iron fence around the property — for now it has chain link — and will invest heavily, he said, in concrete and security cameras. © 2020 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. Smith, 48, a Jacksonville Beach entrepreneur, bought the property and worked with the state to get the marker, which was officially unveiled to the public May 12. Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that four songs from Lynyrd Skynyrd, three of which feature Pro Guitar and Pro Bass, plus singles from Bad Company and 38 Special… Lynyrd Skynyrd came storming out of Jacksonville to became one of biggest-selling bands in rock history, and Smith knows that someone somewhere will decide the plaque would be just the thing for a rec-room or garage. He was 70. "The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us," the statement began. He is best known for being a member of the band 38 Special, from its formation in 1974 until 2013. GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Johnny and Donnie Van Zant, members of legendary rock bands Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special, will serve as the grand marshals of … The cause of the death of the longtime bassist of .38 Special has not yet been ascertained. Smith and Charles Harding lifted it out and propped it against the car: a cast aluminum historical marker noting that this is the location of the "Van Zant House," an otherwise rather ordinary-looking home that's now a Florida heritage site. He was 70. I say, 'Come on in.' More:Cream drummer Ginger Baker dies at 80. Junstrom performed with the group for nearly four decades, playing on hits songs "Hold On Loosely," "Caught Up in You" and "Rockin' Into the Night.". You could always get a sandwich, butter beans, pork chops, collard greens. He was truly one of a kind, a congenial traveling companion and a great friend to all with a humorous slant on life that always kept our spirits high - a kind man with a big heart for everyone who crossed his path. Gene Odom, a childhood friend of Ronnie Van Zant, later worked security for the band and survived the 1977 plane crash that killed Ronnie, guitarist Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick and the pilot and co-pilot. "That house was our life, that neighborhood was our neighborhood," Johnny Van Zant said this week. He would be mighty proud.". "He was proud of that neighborhood. We weren't super rich.". Junstrom retired from .38 Special in 2014 following a serious hand injury. Odom, 69, sometimes leads Skynyrd fans on tours of Skynyrd sites, and always makes sure to take them by 5419 Woodcrest Road. Dana Renert art direction: David K. Kessler design: Glen Rose photography by: Album Tracks . Junstrom played with Lynyrd Skynyrd from their formation in … Junstrom was a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, playing bass in the band from 1964 until 1971. ... .38 Special guitarist Don Barnes. Matt Soergel @SoergelMatt Thursday May 10, 2018 at 4:29 PM May 11, 2018 at 6:56 PM. "But ... ". Home of Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special officially history . Junstrom formed Skynyrd with his high school band mates in … Lynyrd Skynyrd / 38 Special (2) ‎– Christmas Label: BMG Special Products ‎– 75517459692 Format: CD, Compilation Country: US Released: 2002 Genre: Rock. 5/21/2018. Both died in that house: mother Marion in 2000, father Lacy in 2004. After all, some the band's fans — a devoted, far-flung group — already stop by almost daily to check out the old house, says Harding, 37, who's working on the renovation while living in a trailer at the back of the place where early incarnations of Skynyrd occasionally practiced. 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