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Southern rock was around before Lynyrd Skynyrd released their debut album in 1973. But once rock fans got an earful of the Florida band’s music – with its triple-guitar assault and barroom swagger – they pretty much set the template for the genre. But Skynyrd — at least the original band, which released five albums before a plane crash in 1977 claimed the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zant and others – were smarter and sharper than most of their peers. Whether making music for Saturday night or Sunday morning, they injected sorrow, joy and confusion into their electric jams. No other Southern rock band was as nuanced as Skynyrd in their prime. Several years after the accident (which occurred just days after they released one of their best LPs, ‘Street Survivors’), the band regrouped with Van Zant’s brother in the lead role.

37 Years Ago: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Plane Crashes, Killing Three Band Members

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Lynyrd Skynyrd had established themselves as one of the most successful rock bands of the '70s by the time they released 'Street Survivors' in October 1977.

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Neil Young vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Clash of the Titans

Neil Young Lynyrd Skynyrd Clash of the Titans

This may be one of the most misunderstood so-called feuds ever.

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Iron Maiden’s Troopers Vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Freebirds – Hard Rock Football League

Iron Maiden Vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd Hard Rock Football League
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Iron Maiden's Troopers battle Lynyrd Skynyrd's Freebirds in the quarterfinals of our Hard Rock Football League championship -- and you get to decide the winner!

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Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Freebirds vs. Ted Nugent’s Mad Men – Hard Rock Football League, Round One

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Can Lynyrd Skynyrd's Alabama Freebirds fly past Ted Nugent's Motor City Madmen in round one of the first-ever Hard Rock Football League championship? You decide!

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Concert Will Include Gregg Allman, Peter Frampton + More

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Some big names will pay tribute to the Southern rock legends in November.

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Why Do People Keep Screaming for ‘Free Bird’ at Concerts?

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Three things in life are inevitable: death, taxes and somebody yelling 'Free Bird' at every concert.

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40 Years Ago: Lynyrd Skynyrd Release ‘Second Helping’

Lynyrd Skynyrd, 'Second Helping'
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Lynyrd Skynyrd's breakthrough second album, 'Second Helping,' was released on April 15, 1974.

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Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd Announce Summer 2014 Tour

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Last summer, two of classic rock's mainstays, Bad Company and Lynryd Skynyrd, teamed up for one of the season's most successful tours. So it makes sense that the duo are back for another round of dates.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Announces U.S. Summer Tour, Final Cruise

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Geoff Burke, Getty Images

Lynyrd Skynyrd has announced 19 summer dates across the U.S. in 2014, with their final at-sea concert voyage to follow in November on the Simple Man Cruise.

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‘Walk This Way’ vs. ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ – March Riff Madness

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Aerosmith takes on Lynyrd Skynyrd in the quarterfinals of March Riff Madness.

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