The world of rock-n-roll has lost a true survivor. I’m not an expert on all things Skynyrd, by any means. However, I have always liked their music and have a healthy amount of respect for those who survived that horrid plane crash and went on to rebuild their lives and careers.
Sadly, Billy Powell, the keyboardist, passed, today. Say a prayer for his family and friends. I’m sure this sad event is made harder given what he has survived. The memories of the others are not far behind, too.
I had a hard time finding video footage that provided a good camera shot of him (especially from the early years). This video offers a really nice tribute to the original members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and has some close up shots of Mr. Powell. It is a moving version of “Simple Man,” to be honest.