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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Very First Reunion with the late Taz DiGregorio on vocals (1979)

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Uploaded on Oct 18, 2010

Lynyrd Skynyrd's very first reunion after the 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash. Surviving members of the band perform The Breeze with several members of the Charlie Daniels Band at Volunteer Jam V in Nashville Tennessee at the Municipal Auditorium in 1979. Skynyrd band members included Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, and Artimus Pyle. Leon Wilkeson still had a cast on his arm and could not play, although he did come out on stage.
The late Taz DiGregorio from the Charlie Daniels Band sung on this version of The Breeze. He died in an auto accident near Nashville on October 13, 2011.
Charlie Daniels (the announcer) & Charlie Hayward from the CDB also played on this, as well as conga player Jamie Nichols. The Nashville Volunteer Jam was an annual event hosted by the Charlie Daniels Band in the 70's & 80's. This was the first song of the first Lynyrd Skynyrd reunion. This is also the first time this (rare) video has been posted.
Lynyrd Skynyrd followed up with an emotional instrumental version of Freebird dedicated to Ronnie Vanzant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines and Dean Kilpatrick. (also on YouTube)
Taz DiGregorio (singer): We are saddened over the death of our friend Taz DiGregorio, long time keyboardist for the Charlie Daniels Band. Taz was  was recently killed in an auto accident just out side of Nashville. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Taz several times and he was a very funny guy. I loved to hear him tell road stories of his adventures with the CDB. I regret that of all the times I was around Taz, I never got a picture with him, or never got him to sign any of the CD's or posters that he gave me. Taz asked me "Where in the world did you ever get that at ????" after I posted a rare video from Volunteer V (1979) of Taz singing The Breeze at the first reunion of Lynyrd Skynyrd (after the plane crash). I'm glad that I posted that video in time for Taz to see it. Of all the many band members that have came & gone in the Charlie Daniels Band over the years, Taz was there the whole time, since about 1970. He won a grammy as co-writer on the 1979 song Devil Went Down To Georgia along with his band mates Charlie Daniels, Tommy Crain, Charlie Hayward, Freddy Edwards & James Marshall. Taz and the band have had many hit singles & albums over the years, as well as playing concerts all over. A close friend of mine talked to Taz just hours before his accident. Taz was in good spirits and even talking about how he had been watching his health. The memorial service was very moving. A celebration of life was held after the memorial with a musical tribute to Taz including Souths Gonna Do It Again and other songs with Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, Joel DiGregorio (Taz's son), Dennis & Donnie Winters (Winters Brothers Band) and others. Taz was well liked and will be missed by many people.

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