The American group Lynyrd Skynyrd was founded in 1964 as My Backyard. It was founded by friends Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and Gary Rossington. Who attended the same high school in Jacksonville.
A few months later, when Leon Wilkeson and Billy Powell joined the band, the band adopted the name Lynyrd Skynyrd. This is the ironic nickname of a PE teacher who was known to punish students for wearing long hair.
The first years of the group’s existence did not bring great success. It wasn’t until 1972 that they were spotted while performing at a club in Atlanta and were offered a contract with the MCA label. A year later the debut album was released, recorded with an additional guitarist Ed King, who joined the band at that time. The album “Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd” brought the composition “Free Bird”, one of the group’s most famous songs.
“Free Bird,” a quintessential anthem by Lynyrd Skynyrd, has etched its name into the annals of rock history due to its powerful lyrics, infectious melody, and legendary guitar work. As one of the band’s most recognizable songs, it embodies the spirit of 1970s Southern Rock and showcases the group’s extraordinary musical prowess. The song’s unforgettable, extended guitar solo, masterfully executed by Allen Collins and Gary Rossington, mesmerizes audiences and continues to inspire aspiring musicians worldwide. Additionally, “Free Bird” resonates with listeners as an emotional ode to freedom, independence, and the pursuit of one’s dreams, ensuring its enduring legacy in the world of rock music.
But a real explosion of popularity came with the second album – “Second Helping” in 1974. This is where Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most recognizable and most popular hit, or “Sweet Home Alabama” was found, and the album reached the status of multiplatinum. The band returned a year later with the next album “Nuthin ‘Fancy”, which reached the top ten album sales list for the first time in the group’s history.