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FLASHBACK: LYNYRD SKYNYRD'S PLANE CRASHES




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
FLASHBACK: LYNYRD SKYNYRD'S PLANE CRASHES
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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
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