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 ~ Ranked #71 VH-1 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists in 2000

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

Lynyrd Skynyrd ~ Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd (1973) ~ Named one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in 2008.

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