Gene Odom

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Gene Odom (born 1948) is an American writer and former bodyguard.

He was Ronnie Van Zant's personal bodyguard and security manager for the Lynyrd Skynyrd band, and has written two books about the band: Lynyrd Skynyrd: I'll Never Forget You[1] and Lynyrd Skynyrd: Remembering the Free Birds of Southern Rock.[2]

Odom survived the plane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zant, but is now disabled as a result of the plane crash.


  1. Odom, Gene (c1983). I'll Never Forget You. Jacksonville, Fla.?: Odom. pp. viii, 125 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.. 
  2. Odom, Gene; Frank Dorman (2002). Lynyrd Skynyrd : Remembering the Free Birds of Southern Rock. New York: Broadway Books. pp. 217 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.. ISBN 0-7679-1026-5. 

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