Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd (/ˌlɛnərd ˈskɪnərd/LEN-ərd SKIN-ərd) is an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida. The group originally formed as My Backyard in 1964 and comprised Ronnie Van Zant (lead vocalist), Gary Rossington (guitar), Allen Collins (guitar), Larry Junstrom (bass guitar) and Bob Burns (drums). The band spent five years touring small venues under various names and with several lineup changes before deciding on “Lynyrd Skynyrd” in 1969. The band released its first album in 1973, having settled on a lineup that included bassist Leon Wilkeson, keyboardist Billy Powell and guitarist Ed King. Burns left and was replaced by Artimus Pyle in 1974. King left in 1975 and was replaced by Steve Gaines in 1976. At the height of their fame in the 1970s, the band popularized the Southern rock genre with songs such as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird”. After releasing five studio albums and one live album, the band’s career was abruptly halted on October 20, 1977, when their chartered airplane crashed, killing Van Zant, Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines, and seriously injuring the rest of the band. Source – Wikipeia.org

Sweet Home Alabama” is a song by Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd that first appeared in 1974 on their second album, Second Helping.

The song was written in response to Neil Young’s “Southern Man” that was released in 1970 because it took the entire South to task for the bloody history of slavery and its aftermath. Young is name-checked in “Sweet Home Alabama”‘s lyrics. It reached number 8 on the US chart in 1974 and was the band’s second hit single. Source – Wikipedia.org

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Written by Billy Powell, Edward King, and Ronnie Van Zant, this song is about Lynyrd Skynyrd’s time on the road while touring from town to town. Ronnie Van Zant came across a “stupid writer” who asked him “what are you man?” Ronnie Van Zant responded to the writer, saying he is a “Whiskey Rock a Roller.” Source – Songfacts.com

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ian Dickson/REX/Shutterstock (750578pw) Lynyrd Skynyrd Various Hammersmith Odeon, London 15 February 1976

Free Bird“, also spelled “Freebird“, a song written and performed by American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The song first featured on the band’s debut album in 1973 and has been included on subsequent albums.

Released as a single in November 1974, “Free Bird” entered the Billboard Hot 100 on November 23 at No. 87 and became the band’s second Top 40 hit in early 1975, peaking at No. 19 on January 25 [A live version of the song reentered the charts in late 1976, eventually peaking at No. 38 in January 1977.

“Free Bird” achieved the No. 3 spot on Guitar World‘s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos. It is Lynyrd Skynyrd’s signature song, the finale during live performances, and their longest song, often going well over 14 minutes when played live. Source – Wikipedia.org

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