This late southern rock vocalist, who died in a plane crash in Mississippi in 1977 at the age of 29, left behind a catalog of work that is still celebrated today, despite his premature exit from this earthly plane. But before founding one of the premiere southern rock bands still working today, he had aspirations of the more athletic sort. He wanted to be either a boxer or a baseball player or a stock car racer.

His prim and proper slicked back hair gave no indication of the long hair he'd become.

After perishing in the plane crash, his brother Johnny took over the singer role when the band reconvened in 1987.

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