Ronnie Van Zant

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Ronnie Van Zant Wiki Biography

Ronald Wayne Van Zant was born on 15 January 1948, in Jacksonville, Florida USA, to Lacy and Marion Van Zant. He was a singer, best known as the lead vocalist, primary lyricist and a co-founder of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was killed in a plane crash in 1977.

A famous singer, how rich was Ronnie Van Zant? According to sources, Van Zant had established a net worth of over $2 million, his wealth having been earned during his music career.

Van Zant grew up in Jacksonville, along with five siblings including musicians Johnny and Donnie Van Zant. He attended Jacksonville’s Lee High School, excelling in baseball and dreaming of becoming a professional baseball player one day. However, his passion for music was stronger, which led him to learn to play piano and guitar while still a child.

In 1964 being aged 16, Van Zant became the lead singer of a group called Us. Shortly after, he formed a band of his own, with his teenage friends Bob Burns, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins and Larry Junstrom. Initially named My Backyard, the bad changed its name to Noble Five and went on to land gigs at local dances. Several name changes followed, and by 1970 the band went by the name Lynyrd Skynyrd, which stuck. They performed at bars, held local concerts and opened a number of national acts, gaining popularity by creating a distinctive southern sound.

After a lineup change, Lynyrd Skynyrd was discovered by the legendary Al Kooper of Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1972, who signed them to his Sounds of the South label under MCA Records, and produced their first album “(Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd)” in 1973; the album sold more than a million copies and was certified gold. Its single “Free Bird” became an instant hit, reaching #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Van Zant’s net worth started to rise.

Their next album called “Second Helping” came out in 1974, reaching #12 on the Billboard album chart. The gold and multi-platinum album contained what has been considered the band’s most popular song, “Sweet Home Alabama”, a reply to the two Neil Young songs, “Alabama” and “Southern Man”, which dominated the charts and boosted the band’s popularity. Van Zant’s wealth was significantly improved and he was on his way into rock history.

Two more albums followed, the 1975 “Nuthin’ Fancy” and the 1976 “Gimme Back My Bullets”, but failed to reach the success of their predecessors. Around this time the band’s lineup changed again, and with new third guitarist Steve Gaines, and a trio of female backup singers, Lynyrd Skynyrd released their fifth album, “Street Survivors” in 1977. It was their first top five album, containing the hit singles “What’s Your Name” and “That Smell”. Only three days after the album’s release, the band arranged a flight to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to perform at LSU; however, the plane crashed, killing Van Zant, backup singers and siblings Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick and two pilots, and causing the other band members and staff serious injuries. Van Zant was only 29 at the time he died.

Following the accident, Lynyrd Skynyrd disbanded, although some members later went on with their musical careers, and in the late 80s the band reunited, and Van Zant’s brother Johnny has since been the lead singer and primary songwriter.

When it comes to his private life, Van Zant married Nadine Inscoe in 1967, and they had one child, singer Tammy Van Zant. After their divorce in 1969, he married Judy Seymour in 1972, with whom he also had one child, and with whom he remained in marriage until his death in 1977. The legendary singer was often involved in controversies, mostly due to his uncontrolled drinking. He was arrested many times, mainly for brawling and misconduct, such as throwing a table out of a hotel room window.

IMDB Wikipedia “38 Special” “Lynyrd Skynyrd” (1964) “Noble Five” $2 million 1948 1977 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Al Kooper of Blood Allen Collins Bob Burns Cassie Gaines Darlene Grant Dean Kilpatrick Donnie Van Zant Florida Gary Rossington Gillsburg Jacksonville January 15 Joanne Morris Van Zant Johnny Van Zant Judy Seymour Judy Seymour (m. 1972–1977) Larry Junstrom Marlene Hodge MCA Records Mississippi Musician My Backyard Nadine Inscoe Nadine Inscoe (m. 1967–1969) October 20 Rock Stars Ronald Wayne Van Zant Ronnie Ronnie Van Zant Ronnie Van Zant Net Worth Singer Songwriter Steve Gaines Sweat & Tears Tammy Van Zant The Band “U.S” United States United States of America Van Zant

Ronnie Van Zant Quick Info

Full NameRonnie Van Zant
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 15, 1948, Jacksonville, Florida, United States
DiedOctober 20, 1977, Gillsburg, Mississippi, United States
Place Of BirthJacksonville
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
ProfessionSinger, Musician, Songwriter
EducationJacksonville’s Lee High School
SpouseJudy Seymour (m. 1972–1977), Nadine Inscoe (m. 1967–1969)
ChildrenTammy Van Zant
ParentsLacy Van Zant, Marion Van Zant
SiblingsJohnny Van Zant, Donnie Van Zant, Joanne Morris Van Zant, Marlene Hodge, Darlene Grant
NicknamesVan Zant, Ronnie , Ronald Wayne Van Zant
Record LabelsMCA Records
Albums(Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) (1973), “Second Helping” (1974), “Nuthin’ Fancy” (1975), “Gimme Back My Bullets” (1976), “Street Survivors” (1977), “Southern Comfort” (2000), “Southern Rock Opera”
Music Groups“Lynyrd Skynyrd” (1964), “38 Special”, “Donnie Van Zant”, The Band “U.S”, “My Backyard”, “Noble Five”
MoviesFreebird… The Movie, Freebird… The Movie

Ronnie Van Zant Trademarks

  1. Long hair
  2. Black cowboy hat
  3. Soulful voice

Ronnie Van Zant Important Facts

  • Was the subject of the 2001 Southern Rock Opera album by The Drive-by Truckers.
  • Planned to produce the debut album for fellow southern rockers Molly Hatchet, but was tragically killed in the plane crash before he could do so.
  • A character in the supernatural thriller called The Coffin (2010) was named after him, in his honor. One of the writers is a big Lynyrd Skynyrd fan.
  • The song “Free Bird” was written as a simple love song, but later came to be dedicated in concert to guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, who died in a motorcycle crash October 1971.
  • Brother Donnie was a founding member of rock band .38 Special. After Ronnie’s death, his brother Johnny was hired to replace him in Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • The first pressing of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s final album “Street Survivors” showed a photo of the band members engulfed in flames on the cover. It had been on the market for only 3 days at the time of the band’s plane crash, so it was recalled and replaced with a photo that originally appeared on the back cover. In both of the photos, Van Zant is wearing a Neil Young “Tonight’s the Night” t-shirt (an album which thematically explores premature rock star death). “Street Survivors” was released on Monday October 17 1977, Ronnie died on Thursday October 20 1977, about 18.52 Central Daylight Time, according to the N.T.S.B. crash report.
  • His body has been moved to Riverside Memorial Park, however his original Memorial Mausoleum is still located at Jacksonville Memory Gardens.
  • One of his biggest sources of support was his father Lacy Van Zant. The elder Van Zant died on August 3, 2004 in Jacksonville, Florida of pulmonary problems. He was 89 years old.
  • Had a closed casket funeral. Many thought this to be because he was horribly disfigured or even decapitated during the 1977 plane crash. That is not true. Ronnie had a bruise about the size of a quarter on his temple (which was the cause of death – blunt head trauma). His wife, Judy, remembered that Ronnie once said he did not wish to have people “gawking” at his body, so she made it a closed casket funeral.
  • The song “I Take A lot Of Pride In What I Am” was played as Ronnie was laid to rest.
  • Ronnie was buried with his fishing pole and his trademark black hat.
  • Was buried next to Steve and Cassie Gaines at Jacksonville Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 2 brothers: Johnny Van Zant and Donnie Van Zant.
  • The song “Freebird” is now played as a musical tribute in Ronnie’s memory.
  • On June 29 2000, his grave was vandalized, this prompted his family to move his remains to an unknown location.
  • His grand-daughter is named after him.
  • Had 2 daughters: Tammy and Melody

Ronnie Van Zant Filmography

Dazed and Confused1993writer: “Tuesday’s Gone”Soundtrack
Kalifornia1993writer: “Freebird”Soundtrack
Rush1991writer: “Free Bird”Soundtrack
Miami Vice1986TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Mask1985writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
Knight Rider1983TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
American Pop1981writer: “Free Bird”Soundtrack
Blue Collar1978writer: “Saturday Night Special”Soundtrack
The Longest Yard1974writer: “Saturday Night Special”Soundtrack
Roadies2016TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
312016writer: “That Smell”Soundtrack
Mike & Mike2014-2016TV Series writer – 2 episodesSoundtrack
Woodlawn2015writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Simple Man”Soundtrack
Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser2015Video writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Freebird”Soundtrack
Kingsman: The Secret Service2014writer: “Free Bird”Soundtrack
A Free Bird2014lyrics: “Free Bird”Soundtrack
Independent Lens2014TV Series documentary writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Rick and Morty2014TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Mountain Men2012-2013TV Series writer – 24 episodesSoundtrack
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2013TV Series writer – 5 episodesSoundtrack
House of Cards2013TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Muscle Shoals2013Documentary writer: “Free Bird”, “Sweet Home Alabama’Soundtrack
Twenty Feet from Stardom2013Documentary writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
Deuce and a Quarter2012Short writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
The Walking Dead2012TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Waterloo Road2012TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
The Baytown Outlaws2012writer: “Free Bird” – as Ronald Van ZantSoundtrack
One Hit Wonderland2012TV Series documentary writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
The Marty Stuart Show2012TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
No me la puc treure del cap2012TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Californication2008-2012TV Series writer – 3 episodesSoundtrack
The House I Live In2012Documentary writer: “FREE BIRD”Soundtrack
Supernatural2005-2011TV Series writer – 4 episodesSoundtrack
Hawaii Five-02011TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Straw Dogs2011writer: “Gimme Three Steps”Soundtrack
Machine Gun Preacher2011writer: “Saturday Night Special” – as Ronald Van ZantSoundtrack
Late Show with David Letterman2010-2011TV Series writer – 2 episodesSoundtrack
Deliver-E2010Short writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2010TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Call Me Fitz2010TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
L’avocat2010writer: “Free Bird” – as Van SantSoundtrack
Rich Hall’s the Dirty South2010TV Movie documentary writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
Despicable Me2010writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
The Simpsons1992-2010TV Series writer – 3 episodesSoundtrack
Angel Camouflaged2010writer: “Gimme Three Steps”Soundtrack
American Idol2003-2010TV Series writer – 4 episodesSoundtrack
50 años de2010TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien2010TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Slow Southern Steel2010Documentary writer: “Free Bird” – as VanZantSoundtrack
Jeopardy!2009TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony2009Video Game writer: “Saturday Night Special”Soundtrack
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series writer – 2 episodesSoundtrack
The Beautiful Life: TBL2009TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Halloween II2009writer: “What’s Your Name?”Soundtrack
Guitar Hero: Metallica2009Video Game writer: “Tuesdays Gone”Soundtrack
Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy2009TV Special documentary writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned2009Video Game writer: “Saturday Night Special”Soundtrack
Kosketuksessa2009TV Series documentary writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Näin se tehtiin2009TV Series documentary writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
My Name Is Earl2005-2009TV Series writer – 4 episodesSoundtrack
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live at Freedom Hall2008TV Movie writer: “What’s Your Name?”, “That Smell”, “Simple Man”, “Down South Jukin”, “The Needle And The Spoon”, “Ballad Of Curtis Loew”, “Gimme Back My Bullets”, “Tuesday’s Gone”, “Gimme Three Steps”, “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Free Bird”Soundtrack
Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special2008TV Special documentary writer: “Free Bird” – uncreditedSoundtrack
Guitar Hero World Tour2008Video Game writer: “Sweet Home Alabama Live”Soundtrack
An American Carol2008writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
True Blood2008TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Speed Racer2008writer: “Free Bird”Soundtrack
Banda sonora2007TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Life2007TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei2007TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Wild Hogs2007writer: “That Smell”Soundtrack
Deutschland sucht den Superstar2007TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
One Tree Hill2007TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Guitar Hero II2006Video Game writer: “FREEBIRD”Soundtrack
Canadian Idol2006TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby2006writer: “Gimme Three Steps” 1973Soundtrack
The Sopranos2006TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
SingStar Rocks!2006Video Game writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
Elizabethtown2005writer: “Free Bird” 1973Soundtrack
The Devil’s Rejects2005writer: “Saturday Night Special”, “Free Bird”Soundtrack
The Longest Yard2005“Saturday Night Special”Soundtrack
Sahara2005writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards2005TV Special writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video Game writer: “Free Bird” – as Ronald VanzantSoundtrack
Surviving Christmas2004writer: “What’s Your Name?”Soundtrack
Entourage2004TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Karaoke Revolution Volume 22004Video Game “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
NASCAR: The IMAX Experience2004Documentary short writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
The Girl Next Door2004writer: “SWEET HOME ALABAMA”Soundtrack
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre2003writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
I Love the ’70s2003TV Series documentary writer – 2 episodesSoundtrack
Idool 20032003TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie2003Documentary lyrics: “Don’t Ask Me No Questions” / music: “Don’t Ask Me No Questions”Soundtrack
Sweet Home Alabama2002writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
8 Mile2002writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
Will & Grace2002TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Ash Wednesday2002writer: “Saturday Night Special”, “Tuesday’s Gone” – as Ronnie Van ZandtSoundtrack
Six Feet Under2002TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Run Ronnie Run2002writer: “Freebird”Soundtrack
The Shipping News2001writer: “What’s Your Name”Soundtrack
Joe Dirt2001writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”, “That Smell”Soundtrack
Blow2001writer: “That Smell”Soundtrack
Boycott2001TV Movie writer: “Home Sweet Alabama”Soundtrack
WWF Armageddon2000TV Special writer: “Sweet Home Alabama” – uncreditedSoundtrack
Duets2000writer: “Free Bird”Soundtrack
Almost Famous2000writer: “Simple Man”Soundtrack
Die Harald Schmidt Show2000TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Buffy the Vampire Slayer2000TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Malcolm in the Middle2000TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Freaks and Geeks2000TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Happy Accidents2000writer: “Freebird”, “Freebird” uncreditedSoundtrack
Zwei Männer am Herd1999TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Boys Don’t Cry1999writer: “Tuesday’s Gone”Soundtrack
Outside Providence1999writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Free Bird”Soundtrack
That ’70s Show1998-1999TV Series writer – 2 episodesSoundtrack
Joe the King1999writer: “Gimme Three Steps”Soundtrack
Radiofreccia1998writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
No Looking Back1998writer: “What’s Your Name?”Soundtrack
Excess Baggage1997writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
Con Air1997writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
Prefontaine1997writer: “Tuesday’s Gone”Soundtrack
Mysteriet på Greveholm1996TV Series writer – 1 episodeSoundtrack
Happy Gilmore1996writer: “Tuesday’s Gone”Soundtrack
Chicago Hope1995-1996TV Series writer – 2 episodesSoundtrack
To Die For1995writer: “SWEET HOME ALABAMA”Soundtrack
Crimson Tide1995writer: “SWEET HOME ALABAMA”Soundtrack
Forrest Gump1994“Free Bird” 1973, “Sweet Home Alabama” 1974Soundtrack
Total Balalaika Show1994Documentary lyrics: “Sweet Home Alabama” / writer: “Sweet Home Alabama”Soundtrack
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live from Austin, TX2006VideoComposer
The Old Grey Whistle Test1975TV SeriesHimselfSelf
If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd2018Documentary pre-productionHimselfArchive Footage
Muscle Shoals2013DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)Archive Footage
Behind the Music1997TV Series documentaryHimselfArchive Footage
Freebird… The Movie1996DocumentaryHimselfArchive Footage

Ronnie Van Zant Awards

2013BMI Cable AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsMountain Men (2012)Won
2013BMI Cable AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsMountain Men (2012)Nominated