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The Song “Sweet Home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd – Little Known Fact #2 

As Revealed by the Band itself in a 2014 Twitter posting

Lynyrd Skynyrd is an iconic Southern American band.

In their heydays of the 1970s, the band, under the direction of lead vocalist and founder Ronnie Van Zant, with guitarist Gary Rossington, guitarist Allen Collins, bass guitarist Larry Junstrom, and drummer Bob Burns, recorded such timeless classic hits as “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama”.

Their story of success came to a sudden and tragic end on October 20, 1977, when their chartered tour plane crashed in Gillsburg, Mississippi killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines on impact.


6 people in all were killed in the crash while 20 of the plane’s 26 passengers and crew somehow managed to survive with varying degrees of injury.

Under the direction of co-founder, guitarist Gary Rossington, the band reformed in 1987 and continues to tour to this day.

The Song “Sweet Home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd – Little Known Fact #2

It’s “Swampers,” not “swamplands.” People have been known to incorrectly sing the line: “Now Muscle Shoals has got the swamplands.” Although the city does lie on the banks of the Tennessee River, it is called the “shoals” because of its sandy, silty makeup.

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