1. Welcome to CowboysZone!  Join us!  Come on!  You know you want to!

Lynyrd Skynyrd Bassist Donald 'Ean' Evans Dead at 48

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by PosterChild, May 7, 2009.

  1. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

    2,027 Messages
    0 Likes Received
    Bassist Donald "Ean" Evans of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has died of cancer at his home in Mississippi.

    Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant says Evans died Wednesday. He was 48.

    A statement posted Thursday on lynyrdskynyrd.com announced Evans' death "with profound sadness." It said he had "put up a valiant battle with an aggressive form of cancer."

    Evans was born in Atlanta, but moved to Columbus in eastern Mississippi after marrying his wife, Eva. He joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 2001 and had been touring regularly with the band until being diagnosed with cancer in 2008, when he cut back on performances with the band.

    Survivors include his wife and two daughters.

    Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,519375,00.html
  2. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

    2,027 Messages
    0 Likes Received
    [youtube]5NbTpssTGRI[/youtube]
  3. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

    118,789 Messages
    2,525 Likes Received
    That is my favorite Skynyrd song.
  4. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

    47,576 Messages
    9 Likes Received
    It's one of my favorites also. My favorite is Gimme Three Steps. I like the story it tells. :laugh2:
  5. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

    2,027 Messages
    0 Likes Received


    Speaking of LS stories, have i bored you guys with my "Simple Man" story growin up? If I haven't, steel yourselves...
  6. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

    2,027 Messages
    0 Likes Received
    Back when I was 14-15 I had some greatest hits Lynyrd Skynyrd record and i tended to play it A LOT. We had a cleaning lady for many yrs who mother would drive across the tracks and pick up and bring back to do her job... i went with her most of time since it wasn't a neighborhood you really wanted to go to alone. She was a tiny old black lady in her early 80s by now named Clara Belle A... I'm guessing a little under 5 ft. Plump, tho. By this point in time she was almost like a nanny to my twin sister and me. We couldn't recall when she was not around. She was something else, let me tell you, telling us stories about growing up in E Arkansas...working the land and such... hard life she had but still elegant and dignified in ways only those experiences can infuse you with.

    Anyway, she dipped snuff religiously and really had strong opinions which wasn't reticent in sharing. Had quite a collection of idioms she liked to pepper her speech with that I'm afraid have left their mark on me haha...she couldn't clean without that snuff and we'd stop in the store and pick it up for her before we got to her house. But, back to the promised topic, one day she comes to me while I'm listening to some other record(prob Zepplin if i had to guess) and doing whatever it was i was doing, and says, "Posterchild (not really), play the song about being a simple man. I really like that message. He's so right- you know he is-you listen to that song, PC." And she had this gleam in her eye that I've haven't seen since. Man, I was speechless because I hadn't any idea that she could appreciate a rock song, never occurred to me, but of course it's really a blues rendition more than anything else. Maybe that's why because I never heard her express this fondness for Needle & Spoon or some such. But fr that day forward I always made sure I had that record ready to go on cleaning day and I gathered this well pleased her. Ballad Of Curtis Lowe and good supply of snuff. What more do ya need?

    Now, occasionally, people I meet will call me "simple," so I suppose you could say I've heeded her encouraging words all those yrs ago.

    And it's all true.
  7. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

    2,027 Messages
    0 Likes Received
    This one's good too. Funny how many ppl don't know how versatile LS was. Rock, Blues, Ballads, Country (not western)

    [youtube]8sF0bQBOsFM[/youtube]
  8. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

    50,344 Messages
    4,490 Likes Received
    Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist 'Ean' Evans dead at 48

    COLUMBUS, Miss. – Bassist Donald "Ean" Evans of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has died after a battle with cancer.

    Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said Evans died Wednesday at his home in eastern Mississippi. He was 48.

    In a statement posted on lynyrdskynyrd.com the band said, "It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of longtime Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans. Ean put up a valiant battle with an aggressive form of cancer and he will be sorely missed by family, friends and fans."

    Evans was born in Atlanta, but moved to Columbus after marrying his wife, Eva. He joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 2001 and had been touring regularly with the band until being diagnosed with cancer in 2008, when he cut back on performances with the band.

    Survivors include his wife and two daughters.

    Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

    "He was just one of those guys who was always a dreamer and always seeing ahead. And he was the most positive person I've ever met," Mike Chain, a guitarist who was close friends with Evans, told The Commercial Dispatch in Columbus, Miss.

    The Jacksonville-based band was formed in 1966 by a group of high school students — famously, it took its name from a physical education teacher they disliked, Leonard Skinner.

    They released their first album, "Pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd." It became one of the South's most popular rock groups and gained national fame with such hits as "Free Bird," "What's Your Name" and especially "Sweet Home Alabama," which reached the top 10 on the charts in 1974. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

    The band suffered a tragic loss on Oct. 20, 1977, when their chartered plane crashed in a swamp near McComb, Miss. The crash claimed the lives of six people, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant. Keyboard player Billy Powell survived the plane crash that killed three band members. He died in January.

    In 2001, bassist Leon Wilkeson died in his sleep in a hotel room near Jacksonville, Fla., and Chain said he was with Evans the night he got hired by the band.

    "We were spending New Year's Eve together when this Skynyrd thing was happening," Chain said. "It didn't look like it was going to happen. But he just set his feet in the ground ... and was ready to stand up and fly to the moon. And he did."
  9. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

    47,576 Messages
    9 Likes Received
  10. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

    12,747 Messages
    2 Likes Received
  11. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and Brew... Staff Member

    20,899 Messages
    1,790 Likes Received
    That band is cursed. Sad news.

    Put me down for "Gimme Back My Bullets" as their best song.
  12. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

    47,576 Messages
    9 Likes Received

Share This Page