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    Johnny Van Zant

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Never Too Late lyrics
    2The One and Only lyrics
    3Party in the Parking Lot lyrics
    4Last of the Wild Ones lyrics
    5Put My Trust in You lyrics
    6Been There Done That lyrics
    7Still Hold On lyrics
    8No More Dirty Deals lyrics
    9Three Wishes lyrics
    She's Out With A Gun lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

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    Van Zant I [1985]
    Brother to Brother [1998]
    3The Last of the Wild Ones [1982]
    4No More Dirty Deals [1980]
    5King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents in Concert [King [1997]
    6Brickyard Road [Atlantic] [1990]
    7Round Two [1981]
    8Van Zant II [2001]
    9The Johnny Van Zant Collection [Polydor] [1994]
    10The Best of Johnny Van Zant [1992]


    The youngest brother of Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Ronnie Van Zant
    and .38 Special's Donnie Van Zant, Johnny Van Zant grew up in the
    shadow of his older siblings, who emerged as major figures in rock
    & roll during the early and mid-1970s. The death of Ronnie Van Zant
    and other key members of the Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup in a plane
    crash on October 20, 1977 eventually put Johnny in the position of
    being one holder of the Lynyrd Skynyrd legacy, but he started
    performing long before he became a part of the reformed 1980s
    /1990s version of the band.

    Johnny Van Zant began performing at age 15. His original inclination
    was to be a drummer, but he ultimately chose singing as his
    profession -- his brother Ronnie used to say that Johnny had the
    best voice in the family. His first group, the Austin Nickels Band,
    featuring Robbie Gay on guitar and Ribbue Morris on drums, played
    the local bar circuit, with Ronnie as mentor to the band. After
    Ronnie's death in 1977, Donnie Van Zant helped advise the group,
    but they didn't record their first album until 1980. Under the name
    Johnny Van Zant, he cut his first album, No More Dirty Deals, with
    the band -- by now including Eric Lundgren on guitar and Ronnie
    Clausman on bass -- in 1980. That debut record concluded with his
    tribute to Ronnie, "Standing In the Darkness."

    Van Zant recorded two more albums for Polydor, Round Two and
    Last of the Wild Ones, in 1981 and 1982, before moving on to Geffen
    Records, where he recorded Van Zant in 1985. His career was going
    strong into the middle of the decade, playing with the same band
    he'd started with a decade earlier, but later on in the 1980s, he
    found his brand of high-energy Southern rock falling out of favor.
    Rather than change his sound, Van Zant left the business and spent
    the next few years making a living driving a truck.

    He rejoined the music business with the help of the revived Lynyrd
    Skynyrd band. He joined the surviving original band members as
    vocalist for one tour and then became a permanent member.
    Although some critics consider their tours and periodic recordings
    to be tantamount to musical grave-robbing, Van Zant once again
    proved himself a superb vocalist and the group acquitted itself
    exceptionally well. Van Zant recorded Brickyard Road for Atlantic
    in 1990, but has otherwise involved himself deeply in Lynyrd
    Skynyrd during the 1990s.

    ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

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