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If I said, “Sweet Home Alabama” and you were familiar with American Southern Rock music, then you would probably say, “Oh yes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, that band from Alabama,” or something similar. You would be right and you would be wrong.

The band in question did write and perform Sweet Home Alabama, but Lynyrd Skynyrd’s original lineup were from Florida. Ronnie Van Zant, Bob Burns, and Gary Rossington played for rival baseball teams in the summer of 1964. The trio jammed together in the backyard of Burns’ parent’s home and immediately hit it off together. A band was formed and named My Backyard.

Over the years the band morphed and changed until eventually a new band name was found, based on their old P.E. teacher, Leonard Skinner. By the time the 1970s arrived Lynyrd Skynyrd were well established and well liked. It was in 1973 that they got their big break, gaining the opening slot on British rock band The Who’s Quadrophenia tour in the United States.

Also in 1973 the band released their debut album which featured the rocking music of Free Bird. It reached the top 20 of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sweet Home Alabama was released in 1974.

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The Brittle Sea (The Brittle Saga Trilogy Book 1)

The Titanic disaster sparks a bloody feud between families in early 20th century America.
Drama  –  Family Saga  –  Historical Fiction  –  Historical Romance

‘The ship shuddered once more and then lurched with shocking violence. Ice came crashing down onto the deck at the prow of the ship.’

‘The cold was beginning to bite into her. Fingers and toes were burning, becoming numb, despite the thick ship’s blankets she was wrapped in.’

‘Rostron knew those who didn’t make it into a lifeboat and jumped into the sea, even wearing lifejackets, were most likely dead due to the extreme cold.’

‘It was a scene from an age gone by, a saloon with sawdust on the floor, spittoons gathering dust and extract of human.’

‘Information was power and Harker wielded that power expertly, another string to his blackmailers bow.’

Branches scraped against a windowpane and suddenly she realised she didn’t know where she was. The last thing she remembered was a ship, the cold, the ice, the brittle sea.

‘Turmoil had put her body into a coma and until one or the other entity prevailed, life was on hold, delicately balanced on the edge of the abyss, and death.’

‘The girl pulled a small pistol from the sling with her free arm and levelled it at him. It was then, too late, that he knew who she was.’

‘In a final act of contrition, New York’s rain washed the blood away and the sins of a family washed into the gutter where they belonged.’


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