Lynyrd Skynyrd in History

Events in Music

  • 1977-10-20 Six killed in Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in McComb, Mississippi including band members Ronnie Vanzant, Steve Gains, Cassie Gaines and Dean kilpatrick

Birthdays in Music

  • 1948-01-15 Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 1949-09-14 Steve Gaines, Seneca Mo, rock vocalist (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 1951-12-04 Gary Rossington, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band)
  • 1952-04-02 Leon Wilkeson, American rock bassist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2001)
  • 1952-06-03 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1952-07-19 Alan Collins, rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 1959-02-27 Johnny Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 1962-06-07 Michael Cartellone, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Deaths in Music

  • 1977-10-20 Cassie Gaines, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • 1977-10-20 Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • 1977-10-20 Steve Gaines, rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in air crash at 28
  • 1990-01-23 Allen Collins, guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • 2001-07-27 Leon Wilkeson, American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies at 49
  • 2009-01-28 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird), dies at 56
  • 2010-09-20 Leonard Skinner, American high school gym teacher; namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (b. 1933)