“I Need You” is a song by the American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was released as a single in 1977 as part of their album “Street Survivors.” The song was written by band member Gary Rossington and produced by Al Kooper.
The song is a ballad, with a slower tempo compared to the band’s usual southern rock sound. It showcases the bands vocal harmonies and guitar work. Lyrically, the song is a love letter to a significant other, expressing the singer’s need for their presence and love.
The song was not as successful as the band’s other hit singles, but it still managed to reach the top 60 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Despite this, it has become a fan favorite and is often included in the band’s live set lists.
“I Need You” has been covered by a few country and southern rock artists, and it’s considered a classic of the genre. The song has also been included in various Lynyrd Skynyrd compilations and live albums. The song is a testament to the band’s versatility and ability to write emotional and heartfelt ballads that stand the test of time.
Band influences on southern rock
Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band that formed in the early 1970s. They are known for their southern rock sound, which combines elements of rock and roll, blues, and country music. They are also known for their hit songs like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.”
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s influence can be heard in the music of many other southern rock and country rock bands that followed, including The Allman Brothers Band, The Outlaws, and Molly Hatchet. These bands borrowed heavily from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s sound, often incorporating the use of twin lead guitar harmonies, extended guitar solos and a mix of rock, blues and country influences. Additionally, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s influence can also be heard in the music of many other rock bands that followed, including ZZ Top, Blackfoot and 38 Special that were influenced by the band’s southern rock sound and their incorporation of elements of country and blues into their music.