Chart Position: 8

  • #407 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs of all time
  • Written by Ed King, Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington
  • Lead vocals: Ronnie Van Zant
  • Guitar: Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, Ed King
  • Keyboards: Billy Powell
  • Backing vocals: Al Kooper, Leon Wilkeson, Clydie King,  Merry Clayton, Ed King
  • Produced by Al Kooper
  • Recorded in Muscle Shoals AL
  • This is an answer to Neil Young’s ‘Southern Man’ (1971) and ‘Alabama’ (1972) and mentions Young by name
  • This is Lynyrd Skynyrd’s biggest hit single
  • ‘Swampers’ is a nickname for the Muscle Shoals rhythm section
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd is from Jacksonville FL
  • Neil Young and Ronnie Van Zandt came to like each other before Van Zandt’s untimely death in 1977
  • Young says he would rather play Sweet Home Alabama than his own Southern Man
  • Legend has it Ronnie Van Zant is buried in a Neil Young T shirt
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd’s name is based on Leonard Skinner, a high school gym teacher to several band members

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