Music News- Robert Lewis Burns Jr, the original drummer in Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died Friday night in a car crash, a Georgia State Patrol spokesman said. Mr Burns, 64, died after his car hit a mailbox and a tree in Cartersville, GA spokesman James Tallent said.
No other cars were involved in the crash, which occurred shortly before midnight. "He was not restrained at the time of the crash," Tallent told the press.
Rob Burns was part of the southern rockers' original lineup, which formed in Jacksonville, FL, in 1965.
Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant started Noble Five with Burns, guitarists Gary Rossington and Allen Collins and bassist Larry Junstrom and evolve to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Burns played with the band on their first two albums, 1973's (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) and 1974's Second Helping. He played on the recordings of some of the band's most iconic songs, including "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Gimme Three Steps", and "Simple Man". He left the band in 1974.