Lynyrd Skynyrd has been known as one of the strongest contenders in Southern-rock since they first took to the stages of Jacksonville, Florida. For years they continued to grow and gain success with unforgettable hits like, “Sweet Home Alabama.” It wasn’t until after tragedy struck the band, that some of their earliest recordings were released. One of these soon-to-be fan favorites was even scheduled to debut on their very first album.
Written and composed by original bandmates, Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington, “Down South Jukin’,” was slated to be a part of their first album. That album, later called Skynyrd’s First and…Last, had been planned as their breakout record, but instead got shelved.
What became their actual debut album, (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd), did not include “Down South Jukin'” in its original release. It was not until a year following the band’s tragic plane crash that the track was released along with three other previously unreleased songs on Skynyrd’s First and…Last in 1978.
In 1998, that same album was renamed, repackaged, and re-released as Skynyrd’s First: The Complete Muscle Shoals Album, reflecting on the fact that all the songs had been recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sounds Studio in Alabama. The record held 17 tracks, many of which are the original 1971-1972 recordings.
In the video below, Johnny Van Zant takes the stage during a concert in Paulinia, Brazil, clapping his hands while the band roars to life behind him.
“Well, well, well. Good evening Brazil! It’s so good to be here! God bless each and every one of you! Van Zant shouts at the crowd. “Y’all put your hands together like this, here!”
With that, the group bursts into Rossington and Van Zant’s late brother’s hit with an unprecedented amount of energy. This is truly a performance you’ll regret missing!
Watch Lynyrd Skynyrd’s stunning show from Brazil in the video below!
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