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Lawrence E. Junstrom (June 22, 1949 – October 6, 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.

Larry Junstrom
Larry Junstrom bassist of .38 Special.jpg
Junstrom performing at the Dixon May Fair in 2010
Background information
Born(1949-06-22)June 22, 1949
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedOctober 6, 2019(2019-10-06) (aged 70)
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
GenresSouthern rock
Years active1964–2014
Associated acts.38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd


Junstrom was the bass guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd from its formation in 1964, until being replaced by Leon Wilkeson 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 1976.

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

Junstrom retired from .38 Special in 2014, due to a hand injury which required surgery. He died on October 6, 2019, at the age of 70.[3]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: .38 Special". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  2. ^ "K4EB Callsign Page". QRZ Callsign Database. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Larry Junstrom dead at 70". 2019-10-06. Retrieved October 6, 2019.