Lynyrd Skynyrd -- definitive Southern Rock, fusing the overdriven power of blues-rock with a rebellious, Southern image and just pure hard drivin' rock and roll. Ronnie VanZant, songwriter of the band, was killed in a tragic plane crash in 1977. Lynyrd Skynyrd split up after VanZant's death and re-united a decade later to become popular touring act while still recording and releasing the occasional album. Their breakthrough million-seller hits include "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama." "Free Bird" became their first hit that offered exposure out side of the South. It became a staple of album-rock radio and still receiving airplay over 25 years after its first release. Their double-album compilation Gold and Platinum was released in 1980.