Ronnie Van Zant 1964-1977
Allen Collins 1964-1977
Gary Rossington 1964-Present
Bob Burns 1964-1974
Larry Junstrom 1964-1972
Leon Wilkeson 1972-2001
Ed King 1973-1975 & 1987-1995
Steve Gaines 1976-1977
Billy Powell 1973-Present
Artimus Pyle 1975-1992
Background Vocals:
Cassie Gaines, JoJo Billingsley & Leslie Hawkins
Lynyrd Skynyrd 1976 live album
"One More From The Road"
The LP's success came with fringe benefits, allowing
the band to trade their tour bus for a private plane
Rickey Medlocke briefly played drums in 1971,
& currently plays guitar (2007)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Classic Songs
Freebird, Gimme Three Steps, Truck Drivin' Man, Poison Whiskey, Tuesday's Gone, Things Goin' On,
Sweet Home Alabama, Workin' For MCA, Don't Ask Me No Questions, Swamp Music, That Smell
The Ballad Of Curtis Lowe, The Needle And The Spoon, Call Me The Breeze, Saturday Night Special,
Gimme Back My Bullets, Searchin', Simple Man, T For Texas, Whiskey Rock-A-Roller, One More Time
Ain't No Good Life, What's Your Name, I Never Dreamed, I Know A Little, You Got That Right

Lynyrd Skynyrd Biography 1966-1977
Lynyrd Skynyrd was the most critically lauded and commercial successful of the Allman Brothers-influenced Southern bands.
They first rose to prominence in 1973. The nucleus of what would become
Lynyrd Skynyrd first met in high school in there
home town of Jacksonville Florida.
Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and Gary Rossington formed the band
My Backyard in 1965, eventually joined by Leon Wilkeson and Billy Powell. Their later name immortalized a gym teacher,
Leonard Skinner, who was known to punish students who had long hair. The band, with original drummer
Bob Burns, were playing in Atlanta at a bar called Funocchio's in 1972 when they were spotted by Al Kooper, who was on
tour with Badfinger and also scouting bands for MCA's New Sounds Of The South label. Kooper signed Lynyrd Skynyrd and
produced their 1973 debut,
Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd, adding session guitarist Ed King (late of the Strawberry Alarm
Clock). The group's initial hook was its three-guitar attack, topping the Allmans trademark two-guitar leads. They first got major
FM airplay with the long
Freebird written as a tribute to Duane Allman, which eventually became an anthem for Skynyrd fans.
The band hooked up with the Who's Quadrophenia tour in 1972 and began to acquire a reputation as a live band. Their 1974
follow-up LP, the platinum
Second Helping, also produced by Kooper, reached #12. It included another instant Southern
standard, "
Sweet Home Alabama" a reply to Neil Young's "Alabama" and "Southern Man." But Van Zant often wore a Neil
Young t-shirt, and Young later offered the band several songs to record, although they never made it to vinyl. In late 1974,
King left, leaving the band with just two guitars, and in early 1975
Artimus Pyle joined as replacement for Burns. The band's
third record went to #9, but 1976's
Gimme Back My Bullets, produced by Tom Dowd, sold somewhat less. They recouped in
October 1976 with the double live
One More From The Road, recorded at Atlanta's Fox Theater, which went to #9, sold
platinum and featured third guitarist
Steve Gaines, plus a trio of female backup singers, including Gaines's sister Cassie.
The band became one of the biggest United States concert draws.
Street Survivors, their sixth LP, was released three days
before the plane crash of October 20, 1977.
The Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mississippi - Tennessee Connection
Mississippi & Tennessee
TENNESSEE: Nashville Tennessee has always
been a favorite place for the Lynyrd Skynyrd band,
and their fans. They have performed often in
Nashville over the years, and chose the Music City
for the first on-stage reunions after the plane crash,
plus recordings and DVD tapings.
Webmaster of this website (& other music websites),
Pat Adams, from Nashville, supplied much of the
Nashville information & memorabilia. He was within
feet of the band at the first (on-stage) reunion of the
survivors, after the plane crash in January of 1979,
as was also at the second (on-stage) reunion
of the band many years 1987. He was at the
Tennessee Theater when Johnny Van Zant
opened for the Rossington-Collins Band in 1980,
and attended at least ten Lynyrd Skynyrd concerts
over the years, including three concerts before the
plane crash. He has taken many pictures of the band
and was in Southern Mississippi, when the plane
crashed in Gillsburg. Pat has recently photographed
Lynyrd Skynyrd & Van Zant in Nashville Tennessee.
This Tribute is a personal website only, by Pat Adams in Nashville TN,
with the help of Jacquelyn Cooper in Mississippi
Pat Adams email: pat@tennesseeconcerts.com
Jacquelyn Cooper email: oneluckymaiden@yahoo.com
Albums 1973-1977
Including tribute pages, related to MISSISSIPPI and TENNESSEE
News events describing the Tragic Plane Crash (and follow up) on
October 20, 1977 in Gillsburg Mississippi. Exclusive Plane Crash Pictures.
Later Reunions and Concerts in Nashville, a Tribute Concert at the
Mississippi plane crash site, 2006 & 2015 Skynyrd Concert Pictures.
MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi was the location
of the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash on
October 20, 1977. The plane crash
occurred near Gillsburg Mississsippi on
Jacquelyn Cooper's grandfathers land.
It happened, "in the woods behind the house",
she says. Her family helped survivors at the
crash site and was mentioned in the book
written by plane survivor Gene Odom (band
bodyguard) called "I'll Never Forget You".
Jacquelyn supplied many of the Gillsburg area,
photo's, including, some of the only pictures of
the plane crash site. She also supplied
information on the Lynyrd Skynyrd/Mississippi
section of this website from her people, in
She attended the Southern Tribute concert at
the plane crash scene 25 years after the crash
and even owns a few pieces from the plane.
Jacquelyn's mother Connie recalls some of her
memories of the crash scene.
1973 Pronouned Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
1974 Second Helping
1975 Nuthin Fancy
1976 Gimme Back My Bullets
1977 Street Survivors
Allen Collins
Ronnie Van Zant
Lynyrd Skynyrd members up until 1977
THE PLANE CRASH, What Happened?       
1977: Details of the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in Gillsburg
on October 20th. Newspaper accounts of the tragedy.

These are rare pictures, taken the day after the plane crash

CRASH FOLLOW-UP: What happened after the Plane Crash?
Follow-up Book and News Reports to the plane crash

RETURN TO STAGE: Lynyrd Skynyrd returns to the Stage
From 1979:  The survivors reunite. The band continues on

SOUTHERN TRIBUTE concert at the Plane Crash site
2002: A concert held at the Gillsburg Mississippi plane crash site
25 years later, featuring Artimus Pyle, Jimmie VanZant & Travis Tritt

SKYNYRD 2006: Pictures from the 2006 CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair
Pictures of Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Titan's Coliseum (L.P. Field)
taken during the 2006 CMA Music Festival,
also known as Fan Fair in Nashville.
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Website by Pat Adams - pat@tennesseeconcerts.com
By Pat Adams from TennesseeConcerts.com & Jacquelyn Cooper (at the crash sight)
Jacquelyn Cooper & Lynyrd Skynyrd plane
crash surviver Gene Odom in 2008
Lynyrd Skynyrd back up singer
JoJo Billingsley. JoJo had a
dream about the plane crashing.
She chose not to ride on the
plane that day, after trying to talk
the others out of flying on it.
JoJo Billingsley &
Pat Adams.  2007
Jacquelyn Cooper (right) & her mother (left)
Jacquelyn's mother  was at the plane
crash site, soon after it happened
Pat Adams from
with Charlie Daniels.
Charlie was first to reunite
Lynyrd Skynyrd  after the crash

My (Pat Adams) full interview
with Jacquelyn Cooper,
a relative of the plane crash site
landowner and rescuers.
She worked with me on this
tribute and supplied
much of the information,
including the rare
plane crash pictures.

Originally Published in
Now on our own
"After The Crash" page
Link: www.tennesseeconcerts.com/planecrash2
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