Larry Junstrom

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Larry Junstrom
Junstrom performing at the Dixon May Fair in 2010
Junstrom performing at the Dixon May Fair in 2010
Background information
Birth nameLawrence Edward Junstrom
Born(1949-06-22)June 22, 1949
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedOctober 5, 2019(2019-10-05) (aged 70)
Palatka, Florida, U.S.
GenresSouthern rock
Years active1964–2014
Associated acts.38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lawrence Edward Junstrom (June 22, 1949 – October 5, 2019) was an American bassist, best known for having been in the rock band .38 Special from 1977 until 2014.[1] He was also one of the founding members of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.


Junstrom was the bass guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd from its formation in 1964, until he was replaced by Greg T. Walker in 1971. Donnie Van Zant, the younger brother of the Lynyrd Skynyrd leader, Ronnie Van Zant, formed .38 Special in 1974, with Junstrom joining as the bass guitarist in 1977.

An avid amateur radio operator, he had the call letters K4EB, which translate to "Known 4 Excellent Bass".[2]

Junstrom retired from .38 Special in 2014, due to a hand injury which required surgery. He died on October 5, 2019, at the age of 70.[3][4]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: .38 Special". AllMusic. Retrieved May 21, 2010.
  2. ^ "K4EB Callsign Page". QRZ Callsign Database. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Obituary Lawrence Edward Junstrom June 22, 1949 – October 5, 2019". Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  4. ^ "Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Larry Junstrom dead at 70". October 6, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.