REMEMBERING LYNYRD SKYNYRD
Today is the anniversary of the 1977 plane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray on impact; the other band members (Collins, Rossington, Wilkeson, Powell, Pyle, and Hawkins), tour manager Ron Eckerman, and road crew suffered serious injuries. This was a horrible tragedy that could have been avoided .. the plane ran out of gas shortly before the end of the flight and an attempted emergency landing failed.
We're remembering them today through the music
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'Street Survivor' Album Cover
The plane crash happened just 3 days after the release of 'Street Survivor' .. out of respect for the victims and families the album art work was changed from the version with flames engulfing many of the band members to the plain art work. Decades later the original album artwork was restored with the flame version for the remastered album.
Here a side by side shot of the album covers.
And here are some clips of them all performing LIVE before tragedy struck.