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September 5th, 2023

CAT Episode 158 – Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

  1. CAT Episode 158 - Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Classic Artists Today, LLC 32:45

Artimus Pyle was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 as the drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd.  His excellent, straight ahead, drumming can be found on 7 of the bands albums.  In addition, Artimus has released a handful of solo albums with his Artimus Pyle Band.  He was among the survivors of the tragic 1977 plane crash that killed the bands front man – Ronnie Van Zant and others.  In Ray White’s July of 2023 interview with Artimus, he talked about how he obtained his first name, his time with Skynyrd and his upcoming album.  He wrote the documentary movie Steet Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, that was released in 2020.  In our showcase segment we pay tribute to Gary Rossington, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s founding member and guitarist/songwriter, who passed away on March 5, 2023.  He was the longest surviving original member of the band.  Gary also led the Rossington – Collins Band who had a Top 20 Billboard album in 1980 titled Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere, that garnered a Gold Record award.  The icons of Southern Rock…we have them on The CAT!

Ray White Managing Director, Classic Artists Today

Ray's passion for music and the musicians, started as a youth listening to transistor radios under the covers at bedtime. The bands and performers he liked, he followed throughout their career. In 2005 he was fed up with the evolution of a majority of the music the radio stations were playing and began investigating the bands he grew up listening to in the 1960's, 70's and 80's. Radio wasn't playing any of those band's "new" songs, just the "classic" hits. Researching the industry for a year, Ray launched Classic Artists Today syndicated radio show - featuring "new" songs by "classic" artists and included interviews and classic tracks too. The show was carried by several dozen radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Featuring Rock/Pop musicians and bands, Ray and the show won several awards from New Music Weekly magazine. With the success of these shows, he launched Coool CAT syndicated radio show, 5 years later, featuring Soul/R&B/Smooth Jazz/Blues performers and bands. In 2017, Ray starting producing his show in a 30-minute podcast format. Today, you can hear his work at Sittin' In With The CAT and Sittin' In With The Coool CAT. The legacy continues!

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