Lynyrd Skynyrd was the definitive Southern rock band, with a rebellious Southern image and a hard rock swagger. Their redneck image tended to obscure the skills of their leader, Ronnie Van Zandt and it wasn't until he was killed in a tragic plane crash in 1977 along with two other band members that many listeners began to realize his talents. Skynyrd split up after the plane crash, but they reunited a decade later, becoming a popular concert act during the early '90s.