Lynyrd Skynyrd they are known as The quintessential American rock band. They may be the only band to name themselves after their high school gym teacher "Leonard Skinner." They were from Florida but epitomized the sound of "Southern Rock."
The band was signed by "Al Kooper of Blood, Sweat, and Tears ."He signed them to his "Sounds of the South" record label, a very fitting name for the sound of the band, distributed by the record company MCA. The band's first record, their self-titled debut album, sold 1 million copies Featuring The single "Free Bird," which reached number 19 on the American billboard charts. The band also charted with their second single 'Simple Man."
The band quickly rose to prominence primarily due to opening for the Who on their Quadrophenia Tour. The band's second album, which came out in 1974 named "Second Helping," had the band's biggest hit on it, which was "Sweet Home Alabama," which reached number 8 on the billboard top 100 charts and is famously known for poking fun at "Neil Youngs' "Southern man" The truth of it all was that Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd were actually friends and Neil Young wrote a song for them named Powderfinger, which was never released
- The verse that stirred all the controversy was.
"Well I heard Mister Young sing about, her Weill I heard ol' Neil put her down, Well I hope Neil Young will remember, A southern man doesn't need him around anyhow."
These words stood for the true Southerners. You see, the band wasn't fake. They were all in on supporting the south and writing great music. They were an American band, and they stood by it till many members of the band members died in a plane crash, but I'll get to that later. The band has many logos, one being the bald eagle featured on this t-shirt. This is what the bald eagle stands for.
- The Bald Eagle, the featured logo on this t-shirt, symbolizes power, strength, courage, and focus. Not only was it the choice of the Founding Fathers of the U.S., but you will also find many mentions of the eagle in fables, parables, and idioms.
Following a performance at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium in Greenville, South Carolina, on October 20, 1977, the band boarded a chartered Convair CV-240 bound for Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they were scheduled to appear at LSU the following night. After running out of fuel, the pilots attempted an emergency landing before crashing in a heavily forested area five miles northeast of Gillsburg, Mississippi. Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines (Steve's older sister), assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary, and co-pilot John Gray were killed on impact. Other band members (Collins, Rossington, Wilkeson, Powell, Pyle, and Hawkins), tour manager Ron Eckerman, and several road crew members suffered serious injuries.
The accident came just three days after the release of the group's fifth studio album "Street Survivors." Following the crash and the ensuing press, "Street Survivors" became the band's second platinum album and reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200, their highest position on the chart. The single "What's Your Name" reached No. 13 on the singles charts in 1978.
The original cover sleeve for Street Survivors had featured a photograph of the band amid flames, with Steve Gaines nearly obscured by fire. Out of respect for the deceased (and at the request of Teresa Gaines, Steve's widow), MCA Records withdrew the original cover. They replaced it with the album's back photo, a similar image of the band against a simple black background. The Salton ones
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