Post by ekforum on Dec 1, 2009 16:09:52 GMT -5
Ronald Wayne (Ronnie) Van Zant - born January 15, 1948 in Jacksonville's St Vincent's Hospital.
"Genius" is just something you're born with! Ronnie, to me, was the second coming of Mark Twain.
He dripped charisma. He was eloquent. When he spoke, he always chose his words carefully. And he wrote songs just like he talked. THAT's what stood out. And the fact that he never wore shoes on stage!
I always thought Ronnie Van Zant's lyrics were so truthful because they were based on personal experience. And his sense of humor was so sharp. Just about every song he wrote contains a real funny line or two. Original funny lines, a rarity.
If Ronnie Van Zant were to come out today then I am sure he would have the same impact. There was no better storyteller in rock n roll. He was one of the best rock songwriters that ever lived. I don't think anyone ever recognizes that.
Ronnie was two people. When he was straight, he was one of the finest people I'd ever met...when drunk, he was a mad man. Unfortunately, towards the end of my tenure with the band, he was drunk the whole time. That's mainly why I left...working with him just wasn't fun any more...and he was the only reason I wanted to join the band anyway.
I was in the band from Nov. '72 thru May '75. I never saw Ronnie pick up a guitar one time...but I do recall him saying that he knew 3 chords.
I cannot EVER remember a gig where Ronnie wore shoes!
I've said it many times before...Ronnie was the centerpiece and we were just the sidemen. We provided the perfect foil for what he needed to write. Providence somehow put us all together and we were all the luckiest musicians on earth to play behind such an American Original.