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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.

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Listen to Van Zant Perform Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Red White and Blue (Live)': Exclusive Premiere

Van Zant, featuring Donnie and Johnny Van Zant, take on a theme perfectly suited for this Memorial Day weekend.

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Loud and Proud Records
Loud and Proud Records

Van Zant Brothers’ Live Album to Include Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special Favorites

A first-ever concert recording from the only tour featuring brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant is set for release this summer.

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Facebook

Jimmie Van Zant, Cousin of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant, Dies at 59

Van Zant, who died of liver cancer on April 7, released three Southern rock albums in his lifetime.

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MCA
MCA

How Lynyrd Skynyrd Headed for a Period of Turbulence With ‘Nuthin’ Fancy’

Lynyrd Skynyrd were a band on the rise when they returned to record stores with their third LP, Nuthin' Fancy.

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Theo Wargo / Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd Announce Tour

Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd – two artists known for their classic live albums in the '70s – are hitting the road together this summer.

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MCA
MCA

40 Years Ago: Lynyrd Skynyrd Mix Things Up for ‘Gimme Back My Bullets’

Lynyrd Skynyrd found a formula for mainstream success with their first three albums — and then they mixed things up for their fourth, 1976's Gimme Back My Bullets.

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

30 Years Ago: Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Allen Collins Paralyzed in Car Accident

When Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited in the '80s, it was largely through the efforts of co-founding guitarist Allen Collins.

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Top 10 Gary Rossington Songs

Ultimate Classic Rock counts down the best songs co-written by stalwart Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington.

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MCA Records
MCA Records

Top 10 Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs

In many ways, Lynyrd Skynyrd were a typical Southern rock band.

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Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images
Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Gary Rossington’s Recovery Forces Lynyrd Skynyrd to Cancel Remaining 2015 Dates

Lynyrd Skynyrd have cleared off their calendar for the next five weeks to give their founding guitarist more time to recover.

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