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.
Selected Discography: ‘Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd’ (1973), ‘One More From the Road’ (1976), ‘Street Survivors’ (1977)
The February 2014 installment of the 100 percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame has reached its final round, and it's a battle between two of the '70s' biggest bands, Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd. It's your turn to choose.
The ranks of legendary southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd were deprived of yet another member on Jan. 28, 2009, when the band's longtime keyboard player, Billy Powell, passed away suddenly at his home in Orange Park, Fla.
They're the most overplayed songs known to man, but there's a reason Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Free Bird' and Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' still dominate classic-rock radio 40 years after they were released: They're awesome! And now it's time for you to choose one as the victor in this week's Clash of the Titans.
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 of 1977. The group's career would come to a tragic halt just three days later, on Oct. 20, 1977, when their twin engine plane went down in a swamp in Gillsburg, Miss., killing three of the band members, a tour manager and both pilots on impact.
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