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Lynyrd Skynyrd


1948

Drummer Thomas Delmar “Artimus” Pyle, who joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1974, is born in Louisville, Kentucky.

1949

Ronnie Van Zant, vocalist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, is born in Jacksonville, Florida.

1949

Ed King, guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Steve Gaines, who replaced him in 1976, are born on the same day.

1951

Gary Rossington, guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, is born in Jacksonville, Florida.

1952

Leon Wilkeson, bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, is born in Newport, Rhode Island.

1952

Billy Powell, pianist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, is born in Jacksonville, Florida.

1952

Guitarist Allen Collins of Lynyrd Skynyrd is born in Jacksonville Florida.

1972

Lynyrd Skynyrd records a full album at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, Alabama. It will remain unreleased until 1978, when it is issued (with some overdubbing) as Skynyrd’s First and...Last.

1973

Lynyrd Skynyrd records the classic “Free Bird” at Studio One in Doraville, Georgia, during sessions for its debut album, “pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd.”

1973

Lynyrd Skynyrd releases “pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd.” It joins the Allman Brothers Bands’ Brothers and Sisters, released the same month, in igniting the Southern-rock craze.

1973

Lynyrd Skynyrd opens for the Who at San Francisco’s Cow Palace. It is the first date on the Who’s Quadrophenia tour, for which they’re the opening act.

1974

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Second Helping is released.

1974

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s first Top Forty single, “Sweet Home Alabama,” enters the charts, where it will peak at #8.

1974

Drummer Artimus Pyle (who replaces Bob Burns) debuts with Lynyrd Skynyrd at a in Jacksonville, Florida.

1975

“Free Bird,” originally released on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1973 debut album, makes its belated appearance in the Top Forty, where it will peak at #20.

1975

Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Nuthin’ Fancy, their third album - and the last one produced by Al Kooper, who’d discovered and signed them.

1975

After a show in Pittsburgh, guitarist Ed King leaves Lynyrd Skynyrd in the middle of a raucous live outing dubbed the “Torture Tour.” They finish the tour as a six-piece and replace King with Steve Gaines in 1976.

1976

Lynyrd Skynyrd performs a three-night stand at Atlanta, Georgia’s Fox Theatre. Highlights are culled for One More from the Road, a live double album released in September.

1977

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s fifth studio album, Street Survivors, is released. The cover shows the group engulfed in flames, and “That Smell” contains the line “The smell of death surrounds you.”

1977

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s tour plane, Free Bird, crashes in a field near Gillsburg, Mississippi, killing group members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines, as well as their road manager and two pilots. Twenty other passengers are taken to the hospital with various injuries.

1978

“What’s Your Name,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, enters the Top Forty three months after the plane crash that killed three group members. It will peak at #13.

1979

Surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd reunite for a one-off performance at Charlie Daniels’ fifth annual Volunteer Jam.

1987

The surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd - joined by guitarist Randall Hall and the late Ronnie Van Zant’s younger brother Johnny - begin a tribute tour on the tenth anniversary of the plane crash that claimed three band members’ lives.

1988

Southern by the Grace of God, a double live album recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd on the previous year’s tribute tour, is released.

1990

Allen Collins, guitarist and founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies at 37 of pneumonia. He’d been confined to a wheelchair since an automobile accident in 1986.

1991

Lynyrd Skynyrd kicks off a world tour on the heels of the reconstituted band’s first studio album (Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991) in fourteen years. The first date is in Baton Rouge, where they were slated to play when their plane crashed in1977, thus completing a bit of unfinished business.

1991

The plainly titled three-disc box set Lynyrd Skynyrd is released. It mixes hit songs and popular album tracks with rarities, live versions and demos.

1997

Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Twenty on the 20th anniversary of the plane crash that killed three band members. The album inaugurates a long-term relationship with C&C International and its parent company, Sanctuary Records.

2001

Leon Wilkeson, bass player and founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies of natural causes at home in Jacksonville, Florida.

2003

Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Vicious Cycle, their first studio album in five years, which comes forty years after their first album.

2006

Lynyrd Skynyrd is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 21st annual induction dinner. Kid Rock is their presenter.

Lynyrd Skynyrd