The Daily Cut: Lynyrd Skynyrd “Saturday Night Special”

Lynyrd Skynyrd: “Saturday Night Special”

ALBUM: Nuthin’ Fancy

YEAR: 1975

WRITERS: Ed King, Ronnie Van Zant

Peaked at number-27 on the Billboard Hot 100.Guitarist Ed King co-wrote Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Saturday Night Special” with singer Ronnie Van Zant. But King tells us that what he recalls most about it has to do with a drummer who hadn’t even joined the band at the time, Artimus Pyle. “’ Saturday Night Special’ brings back memories to me, because Artimus wasn’t even in the band yet. Leon and I went down to audition him and he played on that tune even though he wasn’t a member yet.”

Two future Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarists were born 67 years ago today (September 14th, 1949), Ed King and the late Steve Gaines.

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