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A look back at Lynyrd Skynyrd

On this day 39 years ago, a plane crash claimed the lives of three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd: lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines. One of the band’s road managers was also killed, as were the pilot and the co-pilot, when the plane ran out of fuel and crash-landed in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Twenty people survived, although many were seriously injured. On the anniversary of the crash, we look back at some classic photos of the legendary band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

A look back at Lynyrd Skynyrd

A look back at Lynyrd Skynyrd

Kooper, right, works in an Atlanta studio with members of the band: from left, Van Zant, Gary Rossington and Allen Collins. The band, from Jacksonville, Florida, was first formed as My Backyard in 1964. It changed names several times before settling on Lynyrd Skynyrd — a name mocking Leonard Skinner, a high school physical-education teacher that was strict about the school’s policy regarding boys with long hair.

A look back at Lynyrd Skynyrd

Van Zant is interviewed in Atlanta in 1976. After the plane crash, the band broke up. It reformed in 1987 with Van Zant’s younger brother, Johnny, as the new lead singer. It still performs today. Rossington, a guitarist, is the only original member still in the group.

A look back at Lynyrd Skynyrd

Drummer Artimus Pyle, right, and Collins party with a chimpanzee.

A look back at Lynyrd Skynyrd

A look back at Lynyrd Skynyrd

While backstage, the band enjoys a cake from MCA Records. From left are Van Zant, Ed King, Rossington, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson, Pyle and Collins.

A look back at Lynyrd Skynyrd

Pyle, behind the scenes at RFK Stadium in Washington.

A look back at Lynyrd Skynyrd

Van Zant, left, and Gaines perform on stage in 1976. The band’s iconic songs include “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.”

A look back at Lynyrd Skynyrd

Providing backup vocals for the band’s live performances were, from left, Cassie Gaines, Leslie Hawkins and JoJo Billingsley. Gaines and Van Zant were 29 years old when they died in the 1977 plane crash. Steve Gaines, Cassie’s younger brother, was 28.

A look back at Lynyrd Skynyrd

Members of the band party with friends in 1975.

A look back at Lynyrd Skynyrd

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