History of Lynyrd Skynyrd: Profile of 'Sweet Home Alabama' Band
Founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 1964, Lynyrd Skynyrd became leaders in Southern rock thanks to their iconic guitar solos, trademark swagger and hard rock appeal. Their blend of blues, rock and country appeared on popular tracks like the hit "Sweet Home Alabama," and the epic "Free Bird," which turned Lynyrd Skynyrd into a household name. Unfortunately, all good things must end, and Skynyrd weathered their share of tragedy: in 1977, a plane crash killed lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, as well as guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie. The band took a ten-year hiatus, but eventually returned with Van Zant’s brother Johnny on the mic. In this video, WatchMojo.com learns more about the history of Lynyrd Skynyrd.