Remembering the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash

Oct 20, 2012 -- 12:36am

Today marks the 35th Anniversary of the plane crash which killed three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Today we remember the dead and celebrate their life.

On October 20, 1977, just three days after the release of Street Survivors and five shows into their headlining tour, Lynyrd Skynyrd's chartered plane ran out of fuel and crashed near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray were all killed on impact. The other band members and road crew suffered serious injuries.

The original cover sleeve for Street Survivors had featured a photograph of the band, particularly Steve Gaines, engulfed in flames. Out of respect for the deceased (and at the request of Teresa Gaines, Steve's widow), MCA Records withdrew the original cover and replaced it with a similar image of the band against a simple black background. Thirty years later, for the deluxe CD version of Street Survivors, the original "flames" cover was restored.

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