Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama Live 1977

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Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Recorded Live: 7/2/1977 – Oakland Coliseum Stadium – Oakland, CA
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Personnel:
Ronnie Van Zant – vocals
Allen Collins – guitar
Gary Rossington – guitar
Steve Gaines – guitar
Artimus Pyle – drums
Leon Wilkeson – bass
Billy Powell – piano
Cassie Gaines – vocals
Jo Billingsley – vocals
Leslie Hawkins – vocals

Summary:
Just three and a half months before the fateful plane crash that killed Skynyrd members Steve Gaines, his sister, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines (of the Honkettes), and lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zandt, Lynyrd Skynyrd played this 4th of July weekend program in Oakland.

While this is only a partial recording of the show, two of the three songs are probably the ones you would skip to anyway: “Sweet Home Alabama” and the legendary closing track that has inspired legions of concert-going yokels to make millions of ironic requests over the years, “Free Bird.” The first track is an excerpt of a standard Skynyrd live show cover, Jimmie Rodgers’ “T for Texas” The guys take six minutes to stretch their legs on this version of “Sweet Home Alabama.” The song had been released three years prior as a response song to the Neil Young numbers “Southern Man” and “Alabama,” which were both critical of southern politics. Ironically, by some reports, Van Zant was wearing a Neil Young t-shirt at the time of this performance.

The show is closed with “Free Bird,” which by many fans’ estimations is only rivaled by Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” as the most epic closing song in rock history. Allen Collins handles most of the five-minute solo, while Gary Rossington plays the “bird-chirp” guitar parts, which are not on the original recording, as well as the slide work on the opening riffs. Billy Powell also plays a masterful piano solo that is unique to the live show.

While Lynyrd Skynyrd would release the multi-platinum Street Survivors in October of 1977, the band’s structure would be fundamentally devastated by the crash of their private Convair 240 that took the lives of three members, as well as the pilots and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, and terribly injured every other member, except for Honkette, JoJo Billingsley, who was at home with her children and had reportedly begged the band to quit using the plane after dreaming of such a crash.

From the ashes of this Skynyrd incarnation, Van Zant’s younger brother, Johnny, stepped in and made Lynyrd Skynyrd a popular band once more when they reformed in 1987. Lynyrd Skynyrd is planning to release an unearthed recording of pre-plane crash Skynyrd in 2009.

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Joe Gomez says:

Best Of The Best !!!!!!

Fabrizio Monari says:

the best…….

richard holt says:

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Austyn hutchison says:

This is awesome

Norma Winters says:

Some sweet honey here – original recording 1977

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama – 7/2/1977 – Oakland Coliseum
Stadiu…: http://youtu.be/6GxWmSVv-cY

VICKI Eastman says:

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Mimmo Monaco says:

Song for the night

Notte!

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Thomas M says:

This is music this makes me want to live in Alabama

4640jds says:

WOW! This is amazing. Who had the brains and wherewithal to have all
these cameras and terrific editing back in 1976. Beautiful! P.S. Billy
actually got some face time!

iiSprinkle says:

Montgomery’s got the answer!

Jack Johnson says:

Lynyrd skynard rocks

Jaime PinillosB says:

es la de falda beige,,,,,ERA BELLA , 

Timothy Obrien says:

how they Oakland mfrs know abut muscle shoals?

Vinny Vincent says:

Im a born and bred Damn Yankee from the north and I admit that Southern
Rock is the truest form of R&R evaaaaa! 

Mohd Tarmizy says:

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Mercedes Flores Milara says:

Fantástico!!! El bajo es buenísimo!!!!

Bobby Smith says:

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noble06 says:

The way ppl dress nowadays, it was a little hard to believe this vid was
from the 70s lol

Jaime PinillosB says:

el ritmo de la chica Gaynes era maravilloso oremos 

Mary Bain says:

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johnny991965 says:

A great tune, sung loud and proud,

Im Weebz says:

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Alan S says:

We dont want or need dylan. Thanks to the people of Alabama, Judge Roy
Moore is standing for Alabama.

Dave Pipe says:

Wot, you didn’t expect me to #squirrel for Ronnie Van Zant’s birthday?
#dapimusic #mymusichangout #southernrock #rootsrock #lynyrdskynyrd 

Tonie Shumate says:

Lynyrd skynyrd is the best i like it because every song has a meaning for
someone.rock on for ever.

Grayson Elder says:

This band was so good live, a lot of bands suck live. led Zeppelin is hard
to listen to live.

Ricardo Gutierrez says:

Gracias a Guitar Hero pude conocer esta genial cancion (version en vivo)
simplemente genial la Bateria y los solos de guitarra <3

Mary Bain says:

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama – 7/2/1977 – …:
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The Channel of Stuff says:

I need those sunglasses!!!, where could I find some like the guitarist????

Bobby Smith says:

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama – 7/2/1977 – …:
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Mascara Roots says:

I figured out that would be a nice song for a saturday night ! Let’s dance !

ALAN KILLEN says:

Oakland?!! Where all da black people at?!!

Claudia Ann Varon says:

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama – 7/2/1977 – Oakland Coliseum
Stadiu…: http://youtu.be/6GxWmSVv-cY

Claudia Ann Varon says:

Some sweet honey here – original recording 1977

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama – 7/2/1977 – Oakland Coliseum
Stadiu…: http://youtu.be/6GxWmSVv-cY

Matrim Cauthon says:

fantastic video and audio quality :D

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