Jan. 15, 1948 Jacksonville Duval County Florida, USA
Oct. 20, 1977 Gillsburg Amite County Mississippi, USA
Musician. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he was the lead singer and a founding member of the 1970s Southern rock band "Lynyrd Skynyrd". Together with guitarist Allen Collins, he co-wrote many of the band's hit songs to include "The Ballad of Curtis Loew", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Mr. Saturday Night Special" and "Freebird". On October 20, 1977, with band members Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, he was killed when the band's chartered flight to Baton Rouge crashed due to mechanical problems in west Mississippi. Due to the June 29th, 2000, vandalizing of his original grave site, his casket was moved to this new location and buried in a massive underground concrete burial vault. To open the vault would require a Tractor with a lift capability of several tons. It is also patrolled by security. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)
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So very fortunate to have seen this AMAZING group in New York in the summer of '77. Loved your music then and still love it to this day Wish you were still with us. This band is immortal. -
Cyndy Added: Apr. 19, 2016