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Ronald Wayne Van Zant was born on 15 January 1948, in Jacksonville, Florida USA, to Lacy and Marion Van Zant. He was a singer, best known as the lead vocalist, primary lyricist and a co-founder of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was killed in a plane crash in 1977.

A famous singer, how rich was Ronnie Van Zant? According to sources, Van Zant had established a net worth of over $2 million, his wealth having been earned during his music career.

Ronnie Van Zant Net Worth $2 Million

Van Zant grew up in Jacksonville, along with five siblings including musicians Johnny and Donnie Van Zant. He attended Jacksonville’s Lee High School, excelling in baseball and dreaming of becoming a professional baseball player one day. However, his passion for music was stronger, which led him to learn to play piano and guitar while still a child.

In 1964 being aged 16, Van Zant became the lead singer of a group called Us. Shortly after, he formed a band of his own, with his teenage friends Bob Burns, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins and Larry Junstrom. Initially named My Backyard, the bad changed its name to Noble Five and went on to land gigs at local dances. Several name changes followed, and by 1970 the band went by the name Lynyrd Skynyrd, which stuck. They performed at bars, held local concerts and opened a number of national acts, gaining popularity by creating a distinctive southern sound.

After a lineup change, Lynyrd Skynyrd was discovered by the legendary Al Kooper of Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1972, who signed them to his Sounds of the South label under MCA Records, and produced their first album “(Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd)” in 1973; the album sold more than a million copies and was certified gold. Its single “Free Bird” became an instant hit, reaching #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Van Zant’s net worth started to rise.

Their next album called “Second Helping” came out in 1974, reaching #12 on the Billboard album chart. The gold and multi-platinum album contained what has been considered the band’s most popular song, “Sweet Home Alabama”, a reply to the two Neil Young songs, “Alabama” and “Southern Man”, which dominated the charts and boosted the band’s popularity. Van Zant’s wealth was significantly improved and he was on his way into rock history.

Two more albums followed, the 1975 “Nuthin’ Fancy” and the 1976 “Gimme Back My Bullets”, but failed to reach the success of their predecessors. Around this time the band’s lineup changed again, and with new third guitarist Steve Gaines, and a trio of female backup singers, Lynyrd Skynyrd released their fifth album, “Street Survivors” in 1977. It was their first top five album, containing the hit singles “What’s Your Name” and “That Smell”. Only three days after the album’s release, the band arranged a flight to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to perform at LSU; however, the plane crashed, killing Van Zant, backup singers and siblings Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick and two pilots, and causing the other band members and staff serious injuries. Van Zant was only 29 at the time he died.

Following the accident, Lynyrd Skynyrd disbanded, although some members later went on with their musical careers, and in the late 80s the band reunited, and Van Zant’s brother Johnny has since been the lead singer and primary songwriter.

When it comes to his private life, Van Zant married Nadine Inscoe in 1967, and they had one child, singer Tammy Van Zant. After their divorce in 1969, he married Judy Seymour in 1972, with whom he also had one child, and with whom he remained in marriage until his death in 1977. The legendary singer was often involved in controversies, mostly due to his uncontrolled drinking. He was arrested many times, mainly for brawling and misconduct, such as throwing a table out of a hotel room window.

Quick Facts

Birth date: January 15, 1948, Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Birth place: Jacksonville
Death date: October 20, 1977, Gillsburg, Mississippi, United States
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Profession:Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Education:Jacksonville's Lee High School
Nationality:American
Spouse:Judy Seymour (m. 1972–1977), Nadine Inscoe (m. 1967–1969)
Children:Tammy Van Zant
Parents:Lacy Van Zant, Marion Van Zant
Siblings:Johnny Van Zant, Donnie Van Zant, Joanne Morris Van Zant, Marlene Hodge, Darlene Grant
Record labels:MCA Records
Music groups:"Lynyrd Skynyrd" (1964), "38 Special", "Donnie Van Zant", The Band "U.S", "My Backyard", "Noble Five"
Albums: (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd), "Second Helping" (1974), "Nuthin' Fancy" (1975), "Gimme Back My Bullets" (1976), "Street Survivors" (1977), "Southern Comfort" (2000), "Southern Rock Opera"
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Was the subject of the 2001 Southern Rock Opera album by The Drive-by Truckers.
2Planned to produce the debut album for fellow southern rockers Molly Hatchet, but was tragically killed in the plane crash before he could do so.
3A character in the supernatural thriller called The Coffin (2010) was named after him, in his honor. One of the writers is a big Lynyrd Skynyrd fan.
4The song "Free Bird" was written as a simple love song, but later came to be dedicated in concert to guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, who died in a motorcycle crash October 1971.
5Brother Donnie was a founding member of rock band .38 Special. After Ronnie's death, his brother Johnny was hired to replace him in Lynyrd Skynyrd.
6The first pressing of Lynyrd Skynyrd's final album "Street Survivors" showed a photo of the band members engulfed in flames on the cover. It had been on the market for only 3 days at the time of the band's plane crash, so it was recalled and replaced with a photo that originally appeared on the back cover. In both of the photos, Van Zant is wearing a Neil Young "Tonight's the Night" t-shirt (an album which thematically explores premature rock star death). "Street Survivors" was released on Monday October 17 1977, Ronnie died on Thursday October 20 1977, about 18.52 Central Daylight Time, according to the N.T.S.B. crash report.
7His body has been moved to Riverside Memorial Park, however his original Memorial Mausoleum is still located at Jacksonville Memory Gardens.
8One of his biggest sources of support was his father Lacy Van Zant. The elder Van Zant died on August 3, 2004 in Jacksonville, Florida of pulmonary problems. He was 89 years old.
9Had a closed casket funeral. Many thought this to be because he was horribly disfigured or even decapitated during the 1977 plane crash. That is not true. Ronnie had a bruise about the size of a quarter on his temple (which was the cause of death - blunt head trauma). His wife, Judy, remembered that Ronnie once said he did not wish to have people "gawking" at his body, so she made it a closed casket funeral.
10The song "I Take A lot Of Pride In What I Am" was played as Ronnie was laid to rest.
11Ronnie was buried with his fishing pole and his trademark black hat.
12Was buried next to Steve and Cassie Gaines at Jacksonville Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida
132 brothers: Johnny Van Zant and Donnie Van Zant.
14The song "Freebird" is now played as a musical tribute in Ronnie's memory.
15On June 29 2000, his grave was vandalized, this prompted his family to move his remains to an unknown location.
16His grand-daughter is named after him.
17Had 2 daughters: Tammy and Melody


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Long hair
2Black cowboy hat
3Soulful voice


Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013BMI Cable AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsMountain Men (2012)


Filmography

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dazed and Confused1993writer: "Tuesday's Gone"
Kalifornia1993writer: "Freebird"
Rush1991writer: "Free Bird"
Miami Vice1986TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mask1985writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Knight Rider1983TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Pop1981writer: "Free Bird"
Blue Collar1978writer: "Saturday Night Special"
The Longest Yard1974writer: "Saturday Night Special"
Roadies2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
312016writer: "That Smell"
Mike & Mike2014-2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Woodlawn2015writer: "Sweet Home Alabama", "Simple Man"
Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser2015Video writer: "Sweet Home Alabama", "Freebird"
Kingsman: The Secret Service2014writer: "Free Bird"
A Free Bird2014lyrics: "Free Bird"
Independent Lens2014TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Rick and Morty2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mountain Men2012-2013TV Series writer - 24 episodes
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2013TV Series writer - 5 episodes
House of Cards2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Muscle Shoals2013Documentary writer: "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama'
Twenty Feet from Stardom2013Documentary writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Deuce and a Quarter2012Short writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
The Walking Dead2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Waterloo Road2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Baytown Outlaws2012writer: "Free Bird" - as Ronald Van Zant
One Hit Wonderland2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Marty Stuart Show2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Californication2008-2012TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The House I Live In2012Documentary writer: "FREE BIRD"
Supernatural2005-2011TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Hawaii Five-02011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Straw Dogs2011writer: "Gimme Three Steps"
Machine Gun Preacher2011writer: "Saturday Night Special" - as Ronald Van Zant
Late Show with David Letterman2010-2011TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Deliver-E2010Short writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Call Me Fitz2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
L'avocat2010writer: "Free Bird" - as Van Sant
Rich Hall's the Dirty South2010TV Movie documentary writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Despicable Me2010writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
The Simpsons1992-2010TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Angel Camouflaged2010writer: "Gimme Three Steps"
American Idol2003-2010TV Series writer - 4 episodes
50 años de2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Slow Southern Steel2010Documentary writer: "Free Bird" - as VanZant
Jeopardy!2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony2009Video Game writer: "Saturday Night Special"
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Beautiful Life: TBL2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Halloween II2009writer: "What's Your Name?"
Guitar Hero: Metallica2009Video Game writer: "Tuesdays Gone"
Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy2009TV Special documentary writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned2009Video Game writer: "Saturday Night Special"
Kosketuksessa2009TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Näin se tehtiin2009TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
My Name Is Earl2005-2009TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live at Freedom Hall2008TV Movie writer: "What's Your Name?", "That Smell", "Simple Man", "Down South Jukin", "The Needle And The Spoon", "Ballad Of Curtis Loew", "Gimme Back My Bullets", "Tuesday's Gone", "Gimme Three Steps", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Free Bird"
Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special2008TV Special documentary writer: "Free Bird" - uncredited
Guitar Hero World Tour2008Video Game writer: "Sweet Home Alabama Live"
An American Carol2008writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
True Blood2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Speed Racer2008writer: "Free Bird"
Banda sonora2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Life2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wild Hogs2007writer: "That Smell"
Deutschland sucht den Superstar2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Tree Hill2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero II2006Video Game writer: "FREEBIRD"
Canadian Idol2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby2006writer: "Gimme Three Steps" 1973
The Sopranos2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
SingStar Rocks!2006Video Game writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Elizabethtown2005writer: "Free Bird" 1973
The Devil's Rejects2005writer: "Saturday Night Special", "Free Bird"
The Longest Yard2005"Saturday Night Special"
Sahara2005writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards2005TV Special writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video Game writer: "Free Bird" - as Ronald Vanzant
Surviving Christmas2004writer: "What's Your Name?"
Entourage2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Volume 22004Video Game "Sweet Home Alabama"
NASCAR: The IMAX Experience2004Documentary short writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
The Girl Next Door2004writer: "SWEET HOME ALABAMA"
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre2003writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Idool 20032003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie2003Documentary lyrics: "Don't Ask Me No Questions" / music: "Don't Ask Me No Questions"
Sweet Home Alabama2002writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
8 Mile2002writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Will & Grace2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ash Wednesday2002writer: "Saturday Night Special", "Tuesday's Gone" - as Ronnie Van Zandt
Six Feet Under2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Run Ronnie Run2002writer: "Freebird"
The Shipping News2001writer: "What's Your Name"
Joe Dirt2001writer: "Sweet Home Alabama", "That Smell"
Blow2001writer: "That Smell"
Boycott2001TV Movie writer: "Home Sweet Alabama"
WWF Armageddon2000TV Special writer: "Sweet Home Alabama" - uncredited
Duets2000writer: "Free Bird"
Almost Famous2000writer: "Simple Man"
Die Harald Schmidt Show2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Buffy the Vampire Slayer2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Malcolm in the Middle2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Freaks and Geeks2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Happy Accidents2000writer: "Freebird", "Freebird" uncredited
Zwei Männer am Herd1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
Boys Don't Cry1999writer: "Tuesday's Gone"
Outside Providence1999writer: "Sweet Home Alabama", "Free Bird"
That '70s Show1998-1999TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Joe the King1999writer: "Gimme Three Steps"
Radiofreccia1998writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
No Looking Back1998writer: "What's Your Name?"
Excess Baggage1997writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Con Air1997writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Prefontaine1997writer: "Tuesday's Gone"
Mysteriet på Greveholm1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
Happy Gilmore1996writer: "Tuesday's Gone"
Chicago Hope1995-1996TV Series writer - 2 episodes
To Die For1995writer: "SWEET HOME ALABAMA"
Crimson Tide1995writer: "SWEET HOME ALABAMA"
Forrest Gump1994"Free Bird" 1973, "Sweet Home Alabama" 1974
Total Balalaika Show1994Documentary lyrics: "Sweet Home Alabama" / writer: "Sweet Home Alabama"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live from Austin, TX2006Video

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Old Grey Whistle Test1975TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd2018Documentary pre-productionHimself
Muscle Shoals2013DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Behind the Music1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Freebird... The Movie1996DocumentaryHimself

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