Like Skynyrd, Southern rock band Molly Hatchet got their start in Jacksonville, Florida. Being from the same area, Molly Hatchet and Skynyrd obviously got to know one another, and they shared influences and inspirations with them as well as Donnie Van Zant‘s band .38 Special.
Molly Hatchet released their debut album in 1978, one year after the devastating plane crash that claimed the lives of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and Honkette Cassie Gaines. Since Skynyrd played an important role in their career, Hatchet made a subtle reference to them in the lyrics to the album’s second track, called “Gator Country”:
“I’ve been to Alabama, people ain’t a whole lot to see;
Skynyrd says it’s a real sweet home but it ain’t nothing to me.”
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