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Lynyrd Skynyrd
Formed: 1965 in Jacksonville, Fl
Active: '60s-2010s Major
Styles: Southern Rock, Album Rock, Hard Rock Major
Members: Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Johnny Van Zant, Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant, Ed King Representative
Albums: "(Pronounced 'leh-'n rd 'skin-'n rd)", "Second Helping", "Gold & Platinum" Representative
Songs: "Sweet Home Alabama", "Free Bird", "Gimme Three Steps"

UPC Type Title
044003608320 CD 5 Classic Albums
602537570782 CD 5 Classic Albums
008811222925 CD All Time Greatest Hits
602517975651 CD Authorized Bootleg-Live at Cardiff Capitol Theater
602517975194 CD Authorized Bootleg-Live Winterland San Francisco 1
600753052174 (i) CD Best of-Green Series
008811039028 CD Box Set
008811234126 CD Double Trouble
602517372375 CD Double Trouble
886974892328 CD Endangered Species
828765512824 (i) CD Endangered Species
008811180720 (i) CD Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd
755174484520 CD Extended Versions
090431894224 CD Extended Versions
602498628119 CD Family
9322225015586 (i) DVD Free Bird/Tribute Tour
008811202323 CD Gimme Back My Bullets
602498334003 (i) CD Gimme Back My Bullets: Deluxe Edition
4988005569714 (i) CD Gimme Back My Bullets
829421217008 Vinyl Gimme Back My Bullets
016861785925 CD God & Guns
016861785956 CD God & Guns
602498540930 CD Gold
4988005514813 (i) CD Gold
602498305652 (i) CD Greatest Hits
602527438061 CD Icon
602527438078 CD Icon
016861764425 CD Last of a Dyin' Breed
016861764456 CD Last of a Dyin' Breed-Special Edition
4024572581756 (i) Vinyl Last of a Dyin Breed
829421114208 CD Last Rebel
075678244728 (i) CD Last Rebel
076742208424 CD Legend
600753200438 (i) CD Legends of Rock
016861778156 CD Live From Freedom Hall
030309992898 DVD Live From the Heartland 1999
016861091699 DVD Live From Freedom Hall
607396803323 DVD Live From Austin Tx
829421114123 CD Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991
008811242923 CD Lynyrd Skynyrd Collectybles
060768624726 CD Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyve in Steel T
075678225826 (i) CD Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991
731454445122 (i) CD Lynyrd Skynyrd: Collection
600753030707 (i) CD Lynyrd Skynyrd
073999347890 DVD Lynyrd Skynyrd
060768836891 DVD Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyve
821797140010 Vinyl Lynyrd Skyned (Pronounced 'Leh-'Nerd 'Sk
821797210461 SACD Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced )
060768643321 CD Lyve From Steel Town
060768643222 CD Lyve From Steel Town
600753149508 (i) CD Masters Collection
008811194123 CD Millennium Collection-20th Century Masters
602517077676 CD Millennium Collection-20th Century Masters
008811202422 CD Nuthin' Fancy
753088213717 (i) Vinyl Nuthin' Fancy
008811265724 CD One More From the Road
602527280196 CD One More From the Road [Rarities Edition]
4988005292094 (i) CD One More From the Road
829421260011 Vinyl One More From the Road
600753402290 (i) Vinyl One More From the Road
602517645776 CD Playlist Plus
602517737617 CD Playlist Your Way
008811272722 CD Pronounced Leh-'Nerd Skin-'Ner
4988067030658 (i) CD Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
4988005677686 (i) CD Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
4988005488619 (i) CD Pronounced Lehnerd Skinnerd (Mini LP Sleeve)
5011781179828 (i) CD Pronounced Lynyrd Skyn
600753356685 (i) Vinyl Pronounced Leh'Nerd
600753003046 (i) CD Rock Legends
9120817151090 DVD Same Old Blues: Live in London 1975
008811164829 CD Second Helping
602517805125 CD Second Helping
4988005669483 (i) CD Second Helping
5011781174625 (i) CD Second Helping
076732168615 Vinyl Second Helping
753088041310 (i) Vinyl Second Helping
008811164812 (i) Vinyl Second Helping
016861772628 CD Skynyrd Nation
008811188825 CD Skynyrd's First
5011781162721 (i) CD Skynyrd's First & Last
076742229320 (i) CD Skynyrd's Innyrds
4988005712868 (i) CD Skynyrd's Innyrds/Their Greatest Hit
076732802724 CD Southern by the Grace of God
4988005569745 (i) CD Southern by the Grace of God
602498330883 (i) CD Story
008811275020 CD Street Survivors
602517571662 CD Street Survivors
821797100199 Vinyl Street Survivors
801213026098 DVD Sweet Home Alabama
5883007136164 DVD Sweet Home Alabama: A Musical Documentary
008811322724 CD Thyrty: 30th Anniversary Collection
602498327890 (i) CD Ultimate Collection
008811217327 (i) CD Universal Masters Collection
060768460720 CD Vicious Cycle
060768466425 CD Vicious Cycle
076742040123 CD What's Your Name
090431842225 CD What's Your Name
602517372382 CD What's Your Name

Biography: Lynyrd Skynyrd was the definitive Southern rock band, fusing the overdriven power of blues-rock with a rebellious Southern image and a hard rock swagger. Skynyrd never relied on the jazzy improvisations of the Allman Brothers. Instead, they were a hard-living, hard-driving rock & roll band -- they may have jammed endlessly on-stage, but their music remained firmly entrenched in blues, rock, and country. For many, Lynyrd Skynyrd's redneck image tended to obscure the songwriting skills of their leader, Ronnie Van Zant. Throughout the band's early records, Van Zant demonstrated a knack for lyrical detail and a down-to-earth honesty that had more in common with country than rock & roll. During the height of Skynyrd's popularity in the mid-'70s, however, Van Zant's talents were overshadowed by the group's gritty, greasy blues-rock. Sadly, it wasn't until he was killed in a tragic plane crash in 1977 along with two other bandmembers that many listeners began to realize his talents. Skynyrd split up after the plane crash, but they reunited a decade later, becoming a popular concert act during the early '90s.

While in high school in Jacksonville, FL, Ronnie Van Zant (vocals), Allen Collins (guitar), and Gary Rossington (guitar) formed My Backyard. Within a few months, the group added bassist Leon Wilkeson and keyboardist Billy Powell, and changed their name to Lynyrd Skynyrd, a mocking tribute to their gym teacher Leonard Skinner, who was notorious for punishing students with long hair. With drummer Bob Burns, Lynyrd Skynyrd began playing throughout the South. For the first few years, the group had little success, but producer Al Kooper signed the band to MCA after seeing them play at an Atlanta club called Funocchio's in 1972. Kooper produced the group's 1973 debut, Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd, which was recorded after former Strawberry Alarm Clock guitarist Ed King joined the band. The group became notorious for their triple-guitar attack, which was showcased on "Free Bird," a tribute to the recently deceased Duane Allman. "Free Bird" earned Lynyrd Skynyrd their first national exposure and it became one of the staples of album rock radio, still receiving airplay decades after its release.

"Free Bird" and an opening slot on the Who's 1973 Quadrophenia tour gave Lynyrd Skynyrd a devoted following, which helped their second album, 1974's Second Helping, become its breakthrough hit. Featuring the hit single "Sweet Home Alabama" -- a response to Neil Young's "Southern Man" -- Second Helping reached number 12 and went multi-platinum. At the end of the year, Artimus Pyle replaced drummer Burns and King left the band shortly afterward. The new sextet released Nuthin' Fancy in 1975, and it became the band's first Top Ten hit. The record was followed by the Tom Dowd-produced Gimme Back My Bullets in 1976, which failed to match the success of its two predecessors. However, the band retained their following through constant touring, which was documented on the double live album One More from the Road. Released in late 1976, the album featured the band's new guitarist, Steve Gaines, and a trio of female backup singers, and it became Skynyrd's second Top Ten album.

Lynyrd Skynyrd released their sixth album, Street Survivors, on October 17, 1977. Three days later, a privately chartered plane carrying the band between shows in Greenville, SC, and Baton Rouge, LA, crashed outside of Gillsburg, MS. Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and his sister Cassie, one of the group's backing vocalists, died in the crash; the remaining members were injured. (The cause of the crash was either fuel shortage or a fault with the plane's mechanics.) The cover for Street Survivors had pictured the band surrounded in flames; after the crash, the cover was changed. In the wake of the tragedy, the album became one of the band's biggest hits. Lynyrd Skynyrd broke up after the crash, releasing a collection of early demos called Skynyrd's First and...Last in 1978; it had been scheduled for release before the crash. The double-album compilation Gold & Platinum was released in 1980.

Later in 1980, Rossington and Collins formed a new band -- naturally named Rossington Collins Band -- that featured four surviving members. Two years later, Pyle formed the Artimus Pyle Band. Collins suffered a car crash in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed; four years later, he died of respiratory failure. In 1987, Rossington, Powell, King, and Wilkeson reunited Lynyrd Skynyrd, adding vocalist Johnny Van Zant and guitarist Randall Hall. The band embarked on a reunion tour, which was captured on the 1988 double live album Southern by the Grace of God/Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour -- 1987. The re-formed Skynyrd began recording in 1991, and for the remainder of the decade, the band toured frequently, putting out albums occasionally. The reunited Skynyrd frequently switched drummers, but it had little effect on their sound.

During the '90s, Lynyrd Skynyrd were made honorary colonels in the Alabama State Militia, due to their classic rock staple "Sweet Home Alabama." During the mid-'90s, Van Zant, Rossington, Wilkeson, and Powell regrouped by adding two Southern rock veterans to Skynyrd's guitar stable: former Blackfoot frontman Rickey Medlocke and ex-Outlaws Hughie Thomasson. With ex-Damn Yankee Michael Cartellone bringing stability to the drum chair, the reconstituted band signed to CMC International for the 1997 album Twenty. This lineup went on to release Lyve from Steeltown in 1998, followed a year later by Edge of Forever. The seasonal effort Christmas Time Again was released in fall 2000. Although Wilkeson died one year later, Lynyrd Skynyrd regrouped and recorded Vicious Cycle for a 2003 release. The DVD/CD Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour followed a year later, 2006 saw the release of Face to Face, and 2007 brought Paper Sleeve Box and Lyve from Steel Town. But death continued to haunt the band, and the lineup continued to change, as much from attrition as anything else. Wilkeson, Skynyrd's bassist since 1972, died in 2001 and was replaced by Ean Evans that same year (Evans in turn died in 2009). Thomasson left the band to reform his band Outlaws in 2005, dying two years later in 2007. His spot in Skynyrd was taken by Mark "Sparky" Matejka, formerly of Hot Apple Pie, in 2006. Original keyboardist Powell died at the age of 56 at his home near Jacksonville, Fl in 2009. That year also saw the release of a new studio album, God + Guns, on Roadrunner Records. Live From Freedom Hall was released on the same label in 2010. A new studio album, Last of a Dyin' Breed, produced by Bob Marlette, recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, and featuring a new bass player, Johnny Colt (formerly a bassist for the Black Crowes), appeared in 2012. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Steve Leggett, Rovi