Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist, pianist, singer
Guitarist ~ Pianist ~ Singer ~ Songwriter
Lynyrd Skynyrd
birth name: Ronald Wayne Van Zant

Ronnie Van Zant

January 15, 1948, Jacksonville, FL ~ October 20, 1977, Gillsburg, MS

Sometimes when history is being made, the world tunes in with wide-eyed anticipation. Other times, it just kind of happens when no one is looking. That's how it was with Ronnie Van Zant and a group of young guys he pulled together in the '60s who came to be known as Lynyrd Skynyrd. ~ Allmusic: Ronnie Van Zant ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © Allmusic

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January 15, 1966 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Gary Lewis & the Playboys, She's Just My Style ~ #2 (2) Simon & Garfunkel, The Sound Of Silence ~ #1 (1) the Beatles, We Can Work It Out


A founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was the older brother of current Lynyrd Skynyrd lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant, and of the founder and vocalist of 38 Special, Donnie Van Zant. He is the father of singer Tammy Van Zant, and cousin of musician Jimmie Van Zant. ~ Wikipedia: Ronnie Van Zant ~ retrieved January 15, 2016 © Wikipedia

Lynyrd Skynyrd

By the early 1970s the group had begun attracting regional attention and settled on the name Lynyrd Skynyrd, immortalizing a high school gym teacher named Leonard Skinner who had persecuted Van Zant and others for their long hair. This gentle revenge must have satisfied the band, for in later years they invited Mr. Skinner to introduce them in concert. Lynyrd Skynyrd reached national prominence in 1973 opening for the Who's Quadrophenia tour and issuing their debut album, Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd. ~ Musicianguide: Lynyrd Skynyrd ~ retrieved June 1, 2013 © Musicianguide

Lynyrd Skynyrd ~ Inducted in the 2006 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Mention the term “Southern rock” and two bands instantly leap to mind: the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. They defined the genre in its Seventies heyday and beyond, and both bands are still active entities. But whereas the Allmans were deeply steeped in blues and jazz, Lynyrd Skynyrd more freely embraced rock. Their three-guitar lineup gave them an uncommon musical muscle, while their down-to-earth songs spoke plainly and honestly from a working-class Southerner’s perspective. ~ 2006 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Lynyrd Skynyrd ~ Second Helping (1974) ~ #269 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

In 1995 two songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ Free Bird ~ Sweet Home Alabama

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