Free Bird "is a song by the American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, (pronounced" ' skin ' Freebird--") submitted by their 1973 debut album. The song was released as a single in late 1974. It is synonymous with "Sweet Home Alabama" as Lynyrd Skynyrd's most popular songs.
The recognizable organ intro was played by keyboardist Billy Powell on a prom, after which Ronnie Van Zant asked him to play at Lynyrd Skynyrd. The first sentence, "If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?" became to guitarist Allen Collins asked by his girlfriend. After the intro comes a piece with slide-guitar, played by lead guitarist Gary Rossington with a whiskeyfles. After a slow ballad comes a quick, 6-minute solo, used by many experts as one of the best solos of all time is called (e.g. by the magazine Guitar World, Free Bird came on the third place). This drumrolls bass lines and galloperende were added.
After the plane crash in which three members, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, died, the song was especially instrumental played in tribute.
It's become a cliché for a spectator to during breaks between songs ' Free Bird! ' to call, regardless of the genre. So is ' Free Bird! ' called in concerts of The Allman Brothers Band, Metallica and during Nirvana'sfamous Unplugged session. Kurt Cobain responded: "I've been waiting for that!".
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