While backstage, the band enjoys a cake from MCA Records. From left are Van Zant, Ed King, Rossington, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson, Pyle and Collins.

While backstage, the band enjoys a cake from MCA Records. From left are Van Zant, Ed King, Rossington, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson, Pyle and Collins.

Country Music Lyrics - Quotes - Songs Lynyrd skynyrd - Christmas Wouldn't Be Complete Without Billy Powell's Masterful Take On 'Greensleeves' - Youtube Music Videos http://countryrebel.com/blogs/videos/christmas-wouldnt-be-complete-without-billy-powells-masterful-take-on-greensleeves

Christmas Wouldn't Be Complete Without Billy Powell's Masterful Take On 'Greensleeves'

Country Music Lyrics - Quotes - Songs Lynyrd skynyrd - Christmas Wouldn't Be Complete Without Billy Powell's Masterful Take On 'Greensleeves' - Youtube Music Videos http://countryrebel.com/blogs/videos/christmas-wouldnt-be-complete-without-billy-powells-masterful-take-on-greensleeves

~ Summer, 1980. Barry Lee Harwood, Artimus Pyle and Billy Powell on the ...

~ Summer, 1980. Barry Lee Harwood, Artimus Pyle and Billy Powell on the ...

Billy Powell died January 28, 2009 due to a heart attack at the age of 56 years old.  He was the keyboardist in the rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd. May he rest in peace.

Billy Powell died January 28, 2009 due to a heart attack at the age of 56 years old. He was the keyboardist in the rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd. May he rest in peace.

Billy Powell of Lynyrd Skynyrd, performs at The Academy of Music, in New York City.

Billy Powell of Lynyrd Skynyrd, performs at The Academy of Music, in New York City.

William Norris "Billy" Powell (June 3, 1952 – January 28, 2009) was an American musician. He was the longtime keyboardist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, from 1970 until his death in 2009.

William Norris "Billy" Powell (June 3, 1952 – January 28, 2009) was an American musician. He was the longtime keyboardist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, from 1970 until his death in 2009.

William Norris "Billy" Powell was an American musician. He was the longtime keyboardist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, from 1970 until his death in 2009.

William Norris "Billy" Powell was an American musician. He was the longtime keyboardist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, from 1970 until his death in 2009.

Lynyrd Skynyrd (l-r Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant, Billy Powell, Gary Rossington, Leon Wilkeson and Artimus Pyle) poses for a portrait in September 1974 in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Lynyrd Skynyrd (l-r Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant, Billy Powell, Gary Rossington, Leon Wilkeson and Artimus Pyle) poses for a portrait in September 1974 in Parsippany, New Jersey.

The Orginal Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1975,  this photo taken near the Hell House just outside of Green Cove Springs, Florida, during the "Nuthin' Fancy" album cover shoot.   (L-R) Ed King, Leon Wilkeson, Artimus Pyle, Allen Collins, Billy Powell, Ronnie VanZant, Gary Rossington

The Orginal Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1975, this photo taken near the Hell House just outside of Green Cove Springs, Florida, during the "Nuthin' Fancy" album cover shoot. (L-R) Ed King, Leon Wilkeson, Artimus Pyle, Allen Collins, Billy Powell, Ronnie VanZant, Gary Rossington

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