Southern Rock Patriarch. He is the father of the late Ronnie Van Zant, the founder of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Johnny Van Zant, the band's current lead singer. He is also the father of Donnie Van Zant, a member of .38 Special. He was known for his long beard, white hair and ever-present overalls. He purchased music equipment, drove the bands to shows, loaned them money and repaired their vehicles. Early versions of Lynyrd Skynyrd would practice at his home, which he later opened to fans so they could see the bands' gold and platinum records. Many consider him the father of Southern rock 'n' roll.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
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