Did you know that Lynyrd Skynyrd actually had a long lost unheard ending to “Freebird”! Well, guess what? They do and we have it, First released back in 1974, the song was found at number 407 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Hits of All Time. But in 2009, it moved up and was named the 26th best hard rock song of all time by the folks at VH1.
By the time the Lynyrd Skynyrd was headed into the studio to record their first album, the song “Freebird” was a well-groomed ending to play dates in clubs. So, the thought was to it only record it with one of those pure, rock-n-roll endings we all love!
However, award winning producer Al Kooper, thought it best to start fading the song out at 9 minutes, 12 seconds to end the album. That’s the version we’ve all come to hear on the radio for years. In 1989, Skynyrd released a Greatest Hits album, but only released it in the U.K.
Isn’t that they way it always seems to be? This was the first time that fans got to hear what is now known as the “Extended Music Version” of the song.
On a side note, the famous first line of the song, “If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?” It seems that original guitarist Allen Collin’s girlfriend, Kathy, whom he later married, simply posed the question to Collins. After thinking about it, he wrote the line down, stored it away and when the time came, it eventually became the opening line of legendary song.
And the rest as they say is history!
So, The Mike & Carla Morning Show wanted to hear from listeners on what they thought of the new ending. The new ending actually added another minute to the already long hit. Check out the segment and enjoy!
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