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October 20, 1977 in Music History

Day of the Week: Thursday

Events in Music

  • Plane chartered by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd runs out of fuel and crashes in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Six people are killed, including band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gains, and Cassie Gaines, and road manager Dean Kilpatrick

Birthdays in Music

  • Leila Josefowicz, Canadian classical violinist

Deaths in Music

  • Cassie Gaines, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • Steve Gaines, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
1977 in Music