Ronnie VAN ZANT

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Singer & Musician

AmericanBorn Ronald Wayne VAN ZANT

American lead vocalist, primary lyricist, and a founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd

Born on January 15, 1948 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA , United States

Died on October 20, 1977 in Gillsburg, Mississippi, USA

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He was 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. He would say that he was going to be the most famous person to come out of Jacksonville since stock car racer 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.

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