Died On This Date (July 27, 2001) Leon Wilkeson bass player with Lynyrd Skynyrd was found dead in a hotel room in Florida aged 49.
Leon Wilkeson was an up-and-coming bassist in and around Jacksonville, Florida when he was asked to join Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1972. Although he didn’t play on the band’s debut album due to his own apprehension, he played with them for the better part of the next 30 years. With his help, Lynyrd Skynyrd became one of the biggest rock bands of the ’70s.
In 1977, tragedy struck when the band’s plane crashed killing band members, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, and road manager Dean Kilpatrick. Wilkeson was one of the few passangers who survived. The band undertandably dissolved by reformed with the surviving members in 1987. Leon Wilkeson died of emphysema and liver disease on July 27, 2001.
Skynyrd scored the 1974 US No. 8 single, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and the 1982 UK No.21 single ‘Freebird’.
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Born on this day in Rock History, July 19, 1952, Allen Collins of LYNYRD SKYNYRD