Lynyrd Skynyrd


Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s.

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Originally formed in 1964 as My Backyard in Jacksonville, Florida, the band was also known by names such as The Noble Five and One Percent, before finally deciding on "Lynyrd Skynyrd" in 1969.

Jacksonville is a seaport city and the seat of Duval County, Florida, United States.

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The band gained worldwide recognition for its live performances and signature songs "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird".

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


At the peak of their success, band members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines, died in an airplane crash in 1977, putting an abrupt end to the 1970s era of the band.

Ronald Wayne Van Zant was an American lead vocalist, primary lyricist, and a founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Van Zant is an American musical duo composed of brothers Donnie Van Zant and Johnny Van Zant.

Steve is a masculine given name, usually a short form of Stephen or Steven.


The surviving band members re-formed in 1987 for a reunion tour with lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant, the younger brother of Ronnie Van Zant.

John Roy "Johnny" Van Zant is an American musician and the current lead vocalist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.


Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to tour and record with co-founder Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, and Rickey Medlocke, who first wrote and recorded with the band from 1971 to 1972 before his return in 1996.

Gary Robert Rossington is an American musician best known as a founder of southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, in which he is the sole constant member.


Fellow founding member Larry Junstrom, along with 1970s members Ed King and Artimus Pyle, remain active in music but no longer tour or record with the band.

Thomas Delmer "Artimus" Pyle is an American musician best known for playing drums with Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1974 to 1977 and from 1987 to 1991.

Lawrence E. "Larry" Junstrom is an American bassist, best known for having been in rock band.38 Special from 1977 until 2014.


Michael Cartellone has recorded and toured with the band since 1999.


Lynyrd Skynyrd has sold 28 million records in the United States.


They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a hall of fame and museum located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

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On January 25, 2018, Lynyrd Skynyrd announced their farewell tour.

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