Original Lynyrd Skynyrd Members:
Allen Collins - guitar
Gary Rossington - guitar
Larry Junstrom - bass
Bob Burns - drums
Significant Facts about Lynyrd Skynyrd:
- Group disbanded for ten years after three band members were killed in a 1977 plane crash
- Band's name came from a gym teacher who once told Rossington and Burns they were "never gonna amount to nothin'."
- Original band recorded five studio albums; the present version of the group, seven
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Beginning:
A group of teenagers who were equally smitten by the British Invasion, blues, and country music started performing in the Jacksonville, Florida area in the summer of 1964 as My Backyard. Through the rest of the '60s they continued to play local clubs and dances as The Noble Five and One Percent. The name that stuck was adopted in 1970, a joking reference to a high school gym teacher (Leonard Skinner) who had hassled Burns and Rossington about their long hair.
Tragedy At the Height of Popularity:
On October 20, 1977 the chartered plane carrying the band between dates in South Carolina and Louisiana crashed, killing Ronnie Van Zant, vocalists Steve and Cassie Gaines, the plane's two-man crew and the group's tour manager. Remaining band members were badly injured.
After being nominated seven times, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd CD:
This compilation showcases the band during the peak of popularity of the classic lineup, between 1973 and 1977.