Lynyrd Skynyrd - Biography
Lynyrd Skynyrd basically invented the genre known as Southern Rock. Heavily influenced by The Allman Brothers, the band set out to create a variation on the ever evolving world of blues based rock n' roll, becoming one of the 1970s most successful and influential rock bands. From 1973 to 1977 the band released both critical and commercial records that to this day move and excite many. A tragic plane crash ended the band's career initially, killing half of the band, including lead singer, songwriter, and band visionary Ronnie Van Zant. The band was resurrected in the 1990s by founding member and airplane crash survivor Gary Rossington, with Ronnie's brother Johnny doing lead vocals, and to this day draw large audiences to their ever lasting Southern Rock.