Boyhood home of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant for sale
The Florida house where Lynyrd Skynyrd rock legends Ronnie, Donnie and Johnny Van Zant grew up is on the market for $629,000. The home in a working-class Jacksonville neighborhood comes with eight lots, plus a fourplex home and a manufactured home, property records show.news.yahoo.com
Jacksonville’s historic role in the founding of Southern rock
Their names are world-famous: Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, 38 Special, Molly Hatchet. Not as well known, however, is that those bands are among several who together pioneered a new kind of music nearly 60 years ago in Jacksonville. As the city celebrates its bicentennial, Southern rock endures and still thrives today.
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Remembering a tragedy; honoring a legacy
It was a reunion like no other in the history of rock and roll. Loved ones of Ronnie Van Zant and Steve and Cassie Gaines were there. So were survivors of the Mississippi plane crash 42 years ago that killed Ronnie, Steve and Cassie, and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick of Jacksonville, the pilot and co-pilot. WATCH: ‘The Legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd’ preview | A look at the documentaryAt 9 p.m. Thursday on WJXT’s sister station, CW17, I brought you these dramatic stories in an hour-long special, “The Legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd." There will be an encore presentation of the special at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec 29, also on CW17.
Lynyrd Skynyrd monument unveiled in Mississippi
A seven-ton black granite monument was unveiled, dedicated to the memory of those who died and those who lived through the crash 42 years ago of Jacksonville's own Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant's widow, Judy, her daughter, Melody, and grandchildren traveled from Jacksonville for the occasion. The idea quickly got the backing from remaining members of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Van Zant told the crowd how thankful she is to the community and first responders who treated everyone injured in the crash. "A lot of the local people are here, and we really appreciate everything that you've ever done for our family and for Lynyrd Skynyrd."