Many called him the "Wild Man" of the rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd, but Artimus Pyle started out more as a "Country Man." Thomas Delmar Pyle was born on July 15, 1948, in Louisville, KY. He spent many of his childhood hours either on the back of a horse or behind the controls of a bulldozer.
When Pyle was nine years old, his mother bought his first musical instruments, some bongos. Three years later his father got him a used set of drums. It wasn't long before young Pyle had put together his first band, the Thom Thumbs.
In the late '60s,...