Lynyrd Skynyrd is a southern rock band that was significantly responsible for popularizing the genre during the ’70s. Originally formed in 1964 in Jacksonville, Florida, under the name My Backyard, changing various names until they were established as Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1969. Their signature tunes are “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird”.
Lynyrd Skynyrd was involved in a tragic airplane crash in 1977, which resulted in causing the death of three band members. This consequently put a halt to the band’s rising route.
The surviving band members decided to re-form in 1987 for a reunion tour with Johnny Van Zant, the younger brother of lead singer and founder Ronnie Van Zant. To this day, they continue to record and tour with members Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke, Johnny Van Zant, Michael Cartellone, Mark Matejka, Peter Key and Johnny Colt.