In 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s fan base continued to grow rapidly following the release of their debut album (pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) and the band’s opening slot on The Who’s Quadrophenia tour of the United States.
On Skynyrd’s 1974 follow-up, Second Helping, the band once again successfully captured the spirit of their live performance, with the signature three guitar attack of Ed King, Allen Collins and Gary Rossington all collaborating with Van Zant on the songwriting.
The album was considered the band’s true breakthrough, and contains their most popular single, “Sweet Home Alabama”. A reaction to Neil Young’s “Southern Man”, and featuring some of the most iconic guitar work by King.
Although it was written as a response to Young, he and Van Zant were not rivals, but in fact fans of each other’s music and good friends. Young even penned the song “Powderfinger” for the band. A track that Ronnie unfortunately would never get the chance to record before his death, in October 1977.
In the clip below, (broadcast on German music television show, Rockpalast) Lynyrd Skynyrd perform “Workin’ For MCA” and “Sweet Home Alabama” from Second Helping. Plus, from their debut, the classic “Free Bird” at the Musikhalle Hamburg, from December 5, 1974.
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