Band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991,first new album since the plane crash, was released
Rossington led revived Skynyrd
Plane crash killed Van Zandt, Steve Gaines, others, forcing band into hiatus
Self-titled first album reaches gold status with "Free Bird"
Band undergoes several name changes before adopting Lynyrd Skynyrd as its permanent moniker
Ronnie Van Zandt, Rossington, Collins and Bob Burns form My Backyard in Jacksonville, Florida
Known for such albums as "Skynyrd's Innyrds"
Popular songs include "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird".
Leonard Skinner, from whom the band took its name, developed a friendship with the band, despite having hassled the core members while students at Robert E. Lee High School. He later allowed them to use a photo of his real estate business's sign (Leonard Skinner Realty) for their third album.
Though the song "Sweet Home Alabama" calls out Neil Young for chastising Southern stereotypes on his song "Southern Man," singer Ronnie Van Zandt and Young were friendly. Young wrote the song "Powderfinger" for Skynyrd shortly before the band's fateful accident in 1977.
The band auditioned several high profile guitarists, including Mountain's Leslie West, before hiring Steve Gaines, whose sister, Cassie Gaines, was a member of Skynyrd's backup singers, the Honkettes.
Rossington has claimed that the song "That Smell," which concerns the fate of habitual drug users, was about his own chemical habits.
The initial pressing of the band's sixth album, Street Survivors, featured the image of the band surrounded by flames. It was released shortly after the plane accident that killed Van Zandt and other members, and was recalled for a second pressing which showed the band against a black background.
A 1986 car accident left Collins paralyzed from the waist down and claimed the life of his then-girlfriend. As part of his plea deal, he was allowed to remain in Skynyrd as "musical director," though his role in the band was limited to speaking about the dangers of drinking and driving to audiences.
Kid Rock replaced Johnny Van Zandt as vocalist for the band's 2005 performance at the Music Relief concert for Hurricane Katrina charities.
Due to controversy over the Confederate flag, the band removed the image from its stage show in 2012, but reinstated it soon after.