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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd: 'We still utilize' flag

Lynyrd Skynyrd: 'We still utilize' flag

ATLANTA, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington says the U.S. band has not stopped using the Confederate flag in its shows, despite a CNN report to the contrary.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist dead at 56

Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist dead at 56

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died Wednesday in his Orange Park, Fla., home, police said. He was 56.

Signed Skynyrd platinum record stolen

MIDDLEBURG, Fla., April 18 (UPI) -- Authorities are looking for a Lynyrd Skynyrd platinum record stolen from the Florida home of Tammy Clary, daughter of the late Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant.

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

Lynyrd Skynyrd's ability to constantly rekindle its creative fires after the death of charter members is a testament to the indomitable spirit that has surrounded the band since its inception.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Tennessee Ernie Ford, who was born in 1919; songwriter Boudleaux Bryant was born in 1920; Gene Ames of the Ames Brothers in 1925 (age 78); Dotty McGuire of the McGuire Sisters in 1930 (age 73); country's Razzy Bailey in 1939 (age
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Feb. 8-14.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Captain Beefheart, a.k.a. Don Van Vliet, who was born in 1941 (age 62); Lynyrd Skynyrd's late lead singer Ronnie Van Zant in 1949; Kool and the Gang drummer George Brown also in 1949 (age 54); ELO bassist Melvyn Gale in 1952 (age
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Jan. 11-17.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include country music pioneer Grandpa (Louis Marshall) Jones in 1913, country's Wanda Jackson, who was born in 1937 (age 65); Jay Siegel of The Tokens in 1939 (age 63), drummer Ric Lee of 10 Years After in 1945 (age 57); Larry Gonsky of
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Ronald Wayne "Ronnie" Van Zant (January 15, 1948 – October 20, 1977) was the lead vocalist, primary lyricist, and a founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was the older brother of the founder and vocalist of 38 Special, Donnie Van Zant, and of current Lynyrd Skynyrd lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant.

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, to Lacy (1915–2004) and Marion (1929–2000) Van Zant. Van Zant aspired to be many things before finding his love for music. Notably, Ronnie was interested in becoming a boxer (as Muhammad Ali was one of his idols) and in playing professional baseball. Ronnie also tossed around the idea of becoming a stock-car racer. In fact, he would say that he was going to be the most famous person to come out of Jacksonville since Lee Roy Yarbrough.

Van Zant formed Skynyrd late in the summer of 1964 with friends and schoolmates Allen Collins (guitar), Gary Rossington (guitar), Larry Junstrom (bass), and Bob Burns (drums). Lynyrd Skynyrd's name is a mock tribute to a gym teacher the boys had in high school, Leonard Skinner, who disapproved of male students with long hair.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Ronnie Van Zant."
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