Saturday, March 18, 2017
Soldiers And Sailors Memorial Auditorium
March 19, 1975
'Saturday Night Special'
RED DEVIL (RD044-1)
SBD > ? > SILVER > EAC > WAV > FLAC
01. I Ain't the One (fades in)
02. I'm a Country Boy
03. The Needle and the Spoon
04. Saturday Night Special
05. Don't Ask Me No Questions
06. Am I Losing?
07. Made in the Shade
08. Railroad Song
09. Call Me the Breeze
10. Sweet Home Alabama (fades out)
One of my all time favourite bands, from a soundboard recording, ripped from a recently acquired silver...
Free bird is also included in various copies in circulation, but is absent from "Saturday Night Special" and "Chatanooga Choo-Choo".
Lynyrd Skynyrd later became the house band at Funocchio’s bar on Atlanta’s Peachtree Street, and it was there that musician and producer Al Kooper noticed them. As a result, he produced their first record for an MCA label and performed with them.
From March 27-May 1, 1973, possibly while Mr. Martin was negotiating with the agent about getting them to Baylor, the band was at Studio One in Doraville, Ga., recording songs from its first album, “Pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd.” Tunes on the album included such now-familiar hits as “Tuesday’s Gone,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “Simple Man,” and, of course, one of the classic songs in rock and roll history – “Free Bird.”
And sometime in June 1973 – just days after their Baylor appearance -- they recorded “Sweet Home Alabama,” which would be released about a year later and would be the band’s first hit single.
“Free Bird,” the band’s first song to be played on the airwaves, was actually a few weeks from being released as well along with the other songs on the first album.
Within a couple of years, the band would become one of the most popular rock bands in the United States, particularly in the South. As evidence, a show they did at Chattanooga’s Memorial Auditorium on March 19, 1975, was sold out.
They were scheduled to perform again at Memorial Auditorium in late October 1977, but on Oct. 20, a plane crash in Mississippi during a concert tour killed three bandmembers, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, and several others. As a result, the group disbanded for several years before reuniting.