There are only a handful of bands in rock 'n' roll history whose songs have become anthems -- and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" is one of them.
Written by Ed King, Gary Rossington, and Ronnie Van Zant, the
background track that you are listening to was recorded July 1973 in Studio One,
Doraville, Georgia. It was produced by Al Kooper for Sounds of the South
Skynyrd coming back to
Get ready, Huntsville. Lynyrd Skynyrd is rolling back into town soon. Along with .38 Special, they will perform a show at Redstone Arsenal's Recreation Center on Saturday, August 25th.
One of the pioneers of Southern rock, the band originated in Jacksonville, Florida in 1964 when original lead singer, Ronnie Van Zant, got together with some friends and started playing in drummer Bob Bum's carport. Back then they called themselves, "My Backyard."
The name "Lynyrd Skynyrd" is derived from an old high school gym coach, Leonard Skinner, who gave the guys a "hard time about letting their hair grow long."
Over the years, the band has been plagued with tragedy. On October 20, 1977, the band's plane crashed on route to a gig at Louisiana State University. The crash took the lives of lead singer Van Zant and three other members.
The band has since been a revolving door of musicians; since its inception, twenty people have called themselves part of Lynyrd Skynyrd. The current Lynyrd Skynyrd includes Ronnie's younger brother Johnny Van Zant as lead vocalist.
Skynyrd is sure to perform classic anthems like "Freebird" and "Sweet Home Alabama" along with other material from their original '70's album releases and their later efforts. Opening act .38 Special is an accomplished band in its own right headed up by Danny Van Zant, another of the Van Zant brothers.
Tickets for the show are $30. Contact the Arsenal at 876-2151 for more information on the show. The recreational center can be found by going south on Patton Road past Gate 10. It is the third building on the left next to the light.