Lynyrd Skynyrd (1997)

Original Title: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Type: TV Episode
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Music
Release Date: 19 Oct 1997
Is Adult: No
Rated: n/A
Gay Rosenthal
JoJo Billingsley, Allen Collins, Jim Forbes  »


Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynrd sold millions of albums along with concerts across the country. On October 20, 1977 after three days "Street Survivors" was released, their charter plane crashed; taking the lives of lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt (Lead Singer), Steve Gaines (Guitar), Cassie Gaines (Background Singer), Dean Kilpatrick (Assistant Road Manager), Walter McCreary (Pilot) and William Gray (Co-Pilot). The rest of the bandmates, road manager and, road crew survived but, sustained serious injuries. After the aftermath, Steve Gaines' widow convinced MCA Records to withdraw the cover of "Street Survivors" with the band along with cities in flames. Steve was in the middle of the picture so, MCA released an alternate cover of the band on a black cover. After a 10 year hiatus, Lynyrd Skynyrd mapped out a reunion tour; Jimmy Van Zant (Ronnie's younger brother) as the lead singer along with original members; Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson, Armitus Pyle and, Ed King (departed from the band before the fatal plane accident). Due to founding member Allen Collins' paralysis from his 1986 car accident, he was only able to participate as the musical director, choosing Randall Hall, as his stand-in. In return for avoiding prison following his guilty plea to DUI manslaughter Collins would be wheeled out onstage each night to explain to the audience why he could no longer perform. Collins passed with complications of pneumonia on January 23, 1990 .

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  • Company

    Gay Rosenthal Productions