by Locker Room contributor
Sorry to have gotten into this so late. Was too busy to look at Locker Room today.
I have to agree with Drew about the ’73-’75 period. In 1973 I was right out of school working as a reporter and reviewed records (that’s what they called them back then, you young whippersnappers) on the side so I wouldn’t have to buy them. One of the first I got in the mail was “Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd.”
It blew me away immediately, especially (hear this, Paul) “Tuesday’s Gone” and “Simple Man,” still my all-time favorites by Skynyrd. And when “Sweet Home Alabama” hit I was living in Phenix City, Ala., and it’s true, in Birmingham they DID love the governor.
As for other contenders in the Southern Rock vein during that period, Marshall Tucker would be my second choice, with Wet Willie right behind. The Allmans? Never could take those guys, and I’m from Georgia.
Over the long haul, though, I’d put The Band and The Eagles right up there after the Beatles.
p.s. Drew, will be vacationing in NH soon, spending a week in the White Mountains. Any advice on how to deal with Yankees?