While I was a young kid working in radio I remember the day the music died when Ronnie Van Zant died. All you could hear on the radio was Sweet Home Alabama.
Los Angeles, CA – 44 years ago this month, the music world endured one of the greatest tragedies in its history when a Convair CV-240 passenger plane carrying several members of Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, including founding member and vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, crashed into the woods near Gillsburg, MS, killing 6 including Van Zant. The event has been memorialized in both songs as well as in the hearts and minds of music fans the world over. Most recently, this singularly devastating accident was dramatized on film in a full-length feature Street Survivors: The True Story Of The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash. Told from the perspective of Skynyrd drummer, Artimus Pyle, who not only survived the crash but helped rescue other members from the wreckage, the movie is a powerful testament to the enduring legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd and all that the band had to overcome in its incredible career. The accompanying soundtrack to the film converts the inspiring true story into musical form, taking selections of the film’s orchestral score and blending it with original music inspired by Skynyrd with guest appearances by Pyle as well as blues rock legend Pat Travers.
Pyle had this to say on the anniversary of the tragedy: “We all live, and we all die. It’s how you live your life that matters. Ronnie lived a large life in a small amount of time. I am happy to be included in his legacy. Everyone that participated in the making of the film, including director Jared Cohn and the cast, should be applauded. My sons, our band, the APB band and our friends who wrote the movie soundtrack; I think it’s an award-winning effort. Check it out. On October 20, don’t be sad…be happy and revel in Ronnie Van Zant’s Lynyrd Skynyrd music that will live forever! Peace and Love!”
Purchase the Street Survivors: The True Story Of The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash film: http://cleopatra-entertainment.com/street-survivors-the-true-story-of-the-lynyrd-skynyrd-plane-crash/
Stream or download the film soundtrack: https://orcd.co/street_survivors
Also be sure to check out this star-studded tribute album featuring the likes of Molly Hatchet, Charlie Daniels, Pat Travers, Great White and Canned Heat plus former Skynyrd alumni Artimus Pyle, Ed King and the Original Honkettes!
1. Southern Feeling (Last Day) – Marshall Pyle
2. Wish – Lorenzo Green
3. Black Creek – PYLETRIBE feat. Artimus Pyle
4. Curse – PYLETRIBE feat. Artimus Pyle
5. Rattlesnake – PYLETRIBE feat. Artimus Pyle
6. In Memory Of – Bryan Mabry & Chris Leuzinger
7. Street Survivor – Scott Raines & Jerry Lyda
8. 6 Souls (Score) – Jacqui Carrasco, Evan Richey, Daniel Seriff, Bill Stevens & Nick Baglio
9. Call Me The Breeze – Pat Travers
10. Last Flight (Score) – Chris Ridenhour [CD ONLY]
11. A Remembrance (Score) – Jordan Martone & Joe Martone [CD ONLY]
12. Rescue (Score) – F.A.M.E’.S Orchestra, Oleg Kontradenko, Chris Ridenhour, Kristin Krohn [CD ONLY]