Forty years ago today,  Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd release their 5th studio album, “Street Survivors!!!”  The album is the last Skynyrd album recorded by original members Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins, and is the sole Skynyrd studio recording by guitarist Steve Gaines.

Three days after the album’s release, the band’s chartered airplane crashed en route to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, killing the pilot, co-pilot, the group’s assistant road-manager and three band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and Gaines’ older sister, backup singer Cassie Gaines, and severely injuring most who survived the crash. The album performed well on the charts, peaking at #5 , as did the singles “What’s Your Name” and “That Smell”, the former a top 20 hit on the singles chart. The year was 1977!!!

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