Chart Position: 19

  • #191 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written by Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant
  • Lead vocals: Ronni Van Zant
  • Keyboards: Billy Powell and Al Kooper
  • Guitar: Allen Collins, Steve Gaines and Gary Rossington
  • Produced by Al Kooper
  • Recorded in Doraville GA
  • The famous guitar solo that closes out this song uses three guitars
  • The opening line “If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me”” was taken verbatim from something Allen Collins’ future wife Kathy had said to him
  • A tradition began at concerts in the seventies for audience members to shout “Free Bird!” at concerts as a request regardless of who was performing
  • Later recorded by Will to Power (1988), Wynona Judd (1994) and Bronx Casket Co. (2005)

 

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