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It was 36 years ago Sunday (October 20th, 1977), that a plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in a swamp near Gillsburg, Mississippi. At the time, the group was en route to its next show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The crash took the lives of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant; guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, backup singer Cassie Gaines; Lynyrd Skynyrd manager Dean Kilpatrick, as well as the plane's two pilots.

All the other members of the band suffered horrific injuries, from which they eventually recovered. Two years later, survivors Gary Rossington and Allen Collins (guitars), Billy Powell (keyboards) and Leon Wilkeson (bass) formed a new group, the Rossington-Collins Band. A decade after the plane crash, the surviving members of Skynyrd regrouped under the legendary name and played a series of dates to mark the anniversary with Johnnie Van Zant, the younger brother of Ronnie Van Zant, stepping in as his permanent replacement.

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Locations : Baton RougeGillsburgLouisianaMississippi
People : Allen CollinsBilly PowellCassie GainesDean KilpatrickGary RossingtonJohnnie Van ZantLeon WilkesonRonnie Van ZantSteve Gaines

10/18/2013 12:58PM
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10/20/2013 1:44PM
To the band lynyrd skynyrd
I had tickets to their show at Saratoga performing art center MISS those guys they where my favorite band at the time they are in my heart❤forever . I will see them someday again xo
12/19/2014 4:47PM
To their legacy @ many fans then-now-in future;
You can't believe the shock and horror of hearing Walter Cronkite on the evening news report about the accident. I still remember as only he could: "members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash today".He looked like he couldn't could not believe the name of the band. One of the more memorable moments of TV history, as Walter rarely if ever stumbled with his speaking or stammer. But it meant a lot to a late teen in Kansas that thought the world had just ended. Thank's for the memories and music @ RIP my friends.
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