Lynyrd Skynyrd is commonly categorized as a rock band. However, they incorporate many different styles including blues, country, and also southern rock. The band originally formed in 1964. However, the band was devastated with the passing of three band members in a plane crash in 1977.
Original band members killed in the crash were Ronnie Van Zant – lead singer, Steve Gaines – guitarist/vocalist, and Cassie Gaines – vocalist. The surviving band members include Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Ed King, Billy Powell, Bob Burns, and Artimus Pyle. Many of the surviving band members got back together in 1987 and continue to rock to this day. They are lead by Johnny Van Zant, brother of Ronnie Van Zant, who passed in the plane crash.
Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.They are one of the greatest rock bands of all-time. Rolling Stone Magazine thinks so too as they ranked the band at #95 on their list.
Best Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs
2. Free Bird
Released in 1974
On Album (pronounced ‘l?h-‘nérd ‘skin-‘nérd)
Free Bird is one of the greatest guitar riffs in rock and roll history.
The song reached 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 being the band’s first charting single.