As one of the founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, drummer Bob Burns had the chance to watch two extremely talented musicians join the band before he left in 1974. These two musicians were none other than bass player Leon Wilkeson and guitarist Ed King.
Both Leon and Ed joined Skynyrd in 1972 and each of them came back to the band once it reunited following the plane crash of 1977. Leon remained in the band until his death in 2001, while Ed stayed until 1996, and has since retired from music.
In 2004, Bob sat down for a tell-all interview about his friends and bandmates, in which he shared his honest opinions about their personalities and musical talents. He started off speaking about Leon, saying how not only was he a great bass player, but a wonderful person as well:
"Mr. Humble on bass...[lead singer] Ronnie [Van Zant] fell in love with the way Leon played and he fell in love with the way Leon conducted himself with the music. Leon was not trying to be the superstar showing everybody how great he is or awesome he is...A true gentlemen's gentlemen."
As for Ed, Bob had an endless amount of praise for him and his talent as a guitarist. He said that he gives Ed the credit for Skynyrd's immense success, and feels the only other person who is due more credit than Ed is Skynyrd's fearless leader, Ronnie.
"Ed was a musical genius as much as anybody that I've ever worked with, and wrote some incredible parts and tunes," Bob said. "One fine musician...He's right up there with Mozart."
We know that Bob was one incredible musician himself, and an equally incredible person. As you listen to him talk about his bandmates, it's clear how much he cared about and admired them.
You can listen to Bob's full interview in the clip below.
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