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Lynyrd Skynyrd

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.

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Rossington ‘At A Loss For Words’ After Bob Burns’ Death

Gary Rossington Bob Burns
MCA / Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

The guitarist paid tribute to the late Bob Burns, with whom he founded Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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Bob Burns, Original Drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dies

Bob Burns
Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

Burns, who founded the band and drummed on their first two albums, was killed in a single-car crash.

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Filed Under: Category: News, R.I.P.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Dig Into the Vaults for ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ Live Album

Eagle Rock Entertainment
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Lynyrd Skynyrd's 1996 visit to the long-running German music program Rockpalast will receive its first release as a stand-alone audio title on June 2.

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40 Years Ago: Lynyrd Skynyrd Head for a Period of Extreme Turbulence With ‘Nuthin’ Fancy’

MCA
MCA

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

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Six Years Ago: Lynyrd Skynyrd Pianist Billy Powell Dies

MCA
MCA

Lynyrd Skynyrd lost yet another seminal member when longtime keyboard player Billy Powell passed away suddenly on Jan. 28, 2009 at his home in Orange Park, Fla.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd To Film Live DVD In Jacksonville

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Mike Coppola, Getty Images

The Southern rock band will perform their first two albums in their entirety in their hometown next February.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd to Reissue First Six Albums on Vinyl

Universal
Universal

A six-album vinyl box set will collect all of Lynyrd Skynyrd's classic-era studio and live LPs, packaging them together for the first time.

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

YouTube
YouTube

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
Ultimate Classic Rock

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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