If you're a rabid fan of the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, you're already aware that today is the birthday of songwriter and guitar player Steve Gaines. Let me just get this fact out of the way right now, Lynyrd Skynyrd fucking rules.


According to a poorly written Wikipedia page, Gaines "saw The Beatles live in a baseball d in Kansas City." Gaines replaced original Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, who was also the guitarist for the Strawberry Alarm Clock. On top of that, Ed King co-wrote the psychedelic radio crossover, "Incense and Peppermints." In a crazy coincidence, it's Ed King's birthday as well. Today is everybody's birthday!

Ed King co-wrote "Sweet Home Alabama." For a reason that Wikipedia doesn't explain, King left Skynyrd during the 1975 Torture Tour. Steve Gaines had a sister named Cassie who was part of the Lynyrd Skynyrd back-up band called the Honkettes. She suggested her brother join the band during the search to replace King. Both Cassie and Steve Gaines were raised in Miami, Oklahoma. I'm pretty sure in Oklahoma, the town of Miami is pronounced Mi-am-a.


Steve Gaines only appeared on one Lynyrd Skynyrd LP, Street Survivors. The cover of the LP was a photograph of the band surrounded by flames, an ominous coincidence, as three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash three days after the release of Street Survivors. The fatalities included Steve & Cassie Gaines, as well as lead singer Ronnie Van Zant.

Gaines was buried in Florida, but his remains were moved in 2000 after vandals broke into his tomb. Alternative country/Southern rock band, Drive-By Truckers wrote a song about Steve Gaines entitled "Cassie's Brother," which has another poorly written Wikipedia page.


On a lighter note, renowned television actor Sally Struthers was arrested for driving under the influence in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Struthers was released after posting $160 bail. Struthers was born in Portland, Oregon in 1948 and has a sister named Sue. Struthers married controversial psychiatrist, William C. Rader, in 1977. Rader is known for his work with offshore fetal stem cell treatments in the 1990s. Rader was also the co-author of a 1977 episode of All in the Family called "Archie's Bitter Pill." In that episode, main character Archie Bunker becomes addicted to speed (?!?), but eventually recovers.