Lynyrd Skynyrd is best known for popularizing the southern hard-rock genre during the 1970s. Originally formed in 1966 as My Backyard in Jacksonville, Florida, they went through various name changes including The Noble Five and One Percent, before coming up with Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band rose to worldwide recognition on the basis of its driving live performances and signature tunes “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.” At the peak of their success, three members died in an airplane crash in 1977, putting an abrupt end to the band’s most popular incarnation. The surviving band members re-formed in 1987 for a reunion tour with lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant, the younger brother of lead singer and founder Ronnie Van Zant. Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006.
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