Leonard Skinner, who the band was named after, passed away on September 20, 2010. He was 77 years old and had Alzheimer's.
Lynyrd Skynyrd is a variation of the name of the gym coach, Leonard Skinner, at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Fl., in which several of its members attended. Skinner would punish anyone who broke the school's strict dress code, which banned long hair and sideburns.
"Simple Man" by Skynyrd was used in the soundtrack for the movie, "Renegade" (1987).
Ronnie Van Zant said that Creedence Clearwater Revival was his biggest inspiration.
In 2005, Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
They are ranked number 95 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.
The surviving members of the band reunited in 1987.
Skynyrd first became popular when they opened for Bob Dylan in 1972.
Ronnie Van Zant had been good friends with Neil Young before the crash.
Their album "Street Survivors" was released 3 days before the plane crash.
Skynyrd toured with The Rolling Stones in 1976.
Skynyrd opened for The Who in 1973.
The large band consisted of Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson, Bob Burns, Billy Powell, Ed King, Artimus Pyle and Steve Gaines.
Skynyrd was one of the only bands that used a triple lead guitar sound.
On rock.com, Skynyrd's songs "Freebird" and "Sweet Home Alabama" are ranked numbers 23 and 41 respectively.
Skynyrd is ranked number 23 on rock.com's list of the 25 greatest rock bands of all time.
Lynyrd Skynyrd is #71 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock.