List of Lynyrd Skynyrd band members

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Lynyrd Skynyrd
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Johnny Van Zant performing live with Lynyrd Skynyrd in 2008.
Background information
Genres Hard rock, southern rock, blues-rock, alternative country
Years active 1966–1977, 1979 (reunion), 1987–present
Website www.lynyrdskynyrd.com
Members Gary Rossington
Rickey Medlocke
Johnny Van Zant
Michael Cartellone
Mark Matejka
Peter Keys
Johnny Colt
Past members Allen Collins
Artimus Pyle
Billy Powell
Bob Burns
Ean Evans
Ed King
Greg T. Walker
Hughie Thomasson
Jeff McAllister
Kurt Custer
Larry Junstrom
Leon Wilkeson
Mike Estes
Owen Hale
Randall Hall
Robert Kearns
Ronnie Van Zant
Steve Gaines

The following is a list of current and former musicians who have performed as members of the American hard rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd since the band's inception in 1966.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Gary Rossington
Active: 1966-1977, 1979, 1987-present :Instruments: Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Release contributions: (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)(1973), Second Helping(1974), Nuthin' Fancy(1975), Gimme Back My Bullets(1976), Street Survivors(1977), Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991(1991), The Last Rebel(1993), Twenty(1997), Edge of Forever(1999), Christmas Time Again(2000), Vicious Cycle(2003), God & Guns (2009), Last of a Dyin' Breed (2012)
Rickey Medlocke
Active: 1971–1972, 1996–present
Instruments: Drums, Vocals, Mandolin (1970–1971), Lead and Rhythm Guitars (1996–present), Backing Vocals
Release contributions; First and... Last (1978), Twenty (1997), Edge of Forever (1999), Christmas Time Again (2000), Vicious Cycle (2003), God & Guns (2009), Last of a Dyin' Breed (2012)
Johnny Van Zant
Active: 1987–present
Instruments: lead vocals
Release contributions: all Lynyrd Skynyrd releases from Southern by the Grace of God Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour (1987)
Michael Cartellone
Active: 1999–present
Instruments: drums, percussion
Release contributions: Christmas Time Again (2000), Vicious Cycle (2003), God & Guns (2009), Last of a Dyin' Breed (2012)
Mark Matejka
Active: 2006–present
Instruments: Lead and Rhythm Guitars, backing vocals
Release contributions: God & Guns (2009), Last of a Dyin' Breed (2012)
Peter Keys
Active: 2009–present
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: God & Guns (2009), Last of a Dyin' Breed (2012)
Johnny Colt
Active: 2012–present
Instruments: bass, backing vocals
Release contributions: Last of a Dyin' Breed (2012)

Former members[edit]

Ronnie Van Zant
Active: 1966–1977
Instruments: lead vocals
Release contributions: (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) (1973), Second Helping (1974), Nuthin' Fancy (1975), Gimme Back My Bullets (1976), Street Survivors (1977)
Allen Collins
Active: 1966–1977, 1979
Instruments: rhythm and lead guitars
Release contributions: (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) (1973), Second Helping (1974), Nuthin' Fancy (1975), Gimme Back My Bullets (1976), Street Survivors (1977)
Bob Burns
Active: 1966–1971, 1972–1974, 2006
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) (1973), Second Helping (1974)
Larry Junstrom
Active: 1966–1970
Instruments: bass
Release contributions: "Michelle" / "Need All My Friends" (1968)
Kenny Aronoff
Active: 1999
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: Edge of Forever (1999)
Greg T. Walker
Active: 1971–1972
Instruments: bass
Release contributions: First and... Last (1978)
Leon Wilkeson
Active: 1972, 1973–1977, 1987–2001
Instruments: bass, backing vocals
Release contributions: (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) (1973), Second Helping (1974), Nuthin' Fancy (1975), Gimme Back My Bullets (1976), Street Survivors (1977), Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 (1991), The Last Rebel (1993), Twenty, Edge of Forever (1999), Christmas Time Again(2000), Vicious Cycle(2003)
Billy Powell
Active: 1973–1977, 1979, 1987–2009
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)(1973), Second Helping(1974), Nuthin' Fancy(1975), Gimme Back My Bullets(1976), Street Survivors(1977), Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991(1991), The Last Rebel(1993), Twenty(1997), Edge of Forever(1999), Christmas Time Again(2000), Vicious Cycle(2003), God & Guns(2009)
Ed King
Active: 1972–1975, 1987–1996, 2006
Instruments: lead and rhythm guitars, bass, backing vocals
Release contributions: (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) (1973), Second Helping (1974), Nuthin' Fancy (1975), Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 (1991), The Last Rebel (1993)
Artimus Pyle
Active: 1974–1977, 1979, 1987–1991, 2006
Instruments: drums, percussion
Release contributions: Nuthin' Fancy (1975), Gimme Back My Bullets (1976), Street Survivors (1977), Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 (1991), The Last Rebel (1993)
Steve Gaines
Active: 1976–1977
Instruments: lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Release contributions: Street Survivors (1977)
Randall Hall
Active: 1987–1993
Instruments: rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals
Release contributions: Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 (1991), The Last Rebel (1993)
Kurt Custer
Active: 1991–1994
Instruments: drums, percussion
Release contributions: Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 (1991), The Last Rebel (1993)
Mike Estes
Active: 1994–1996
Instruments: rhythm and lead guitars
Release contributions: Endangered Species (1993), southern knights (1996)
Owen Hale
Active: 1994–1998
Instruments: drums, percussion
Release contributions: Twenty (1997)
Hughie Thomasson
Active: 1996–2005
Instruments: lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Release contributions: Twenty (1997), Edge of Forever (1999), Christmas Time Again (2000), Vicious Cycle (2003)
Jeff McAllister
Active: 1998–1999
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: none
Ean Evans
Active: Spring/Summer 2000 (filling in for Leon Wilkeson), 2001–2009
Instruments: bass, backing vocals
Release contributions: Vicious Cycle (2003)
Robert Kearns
Active: 2009–2012
Instruments: bass, backing vocals
Release contributions: God & Guns (2009)

Note[edit]

Artimus Pyle, Ed King, Bob Burns, Leslie Hawkins and JoJo Billingsley played with the rest of the band at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony of 2006.

Timeline[edit]

Touring Musicians[edit]

Current touring musicians[edit]

Dale Krantz-Rossington
Active: 1987–present
Instruments: backing vocals
Carol Chase
Active: 1996–present
Instruments: backing vocals

Former touring musicians[edit]

Leslie Hawkins
Active: 1976–1977, 2006
Instruments: backing vocals
JoJo Billingsley
Active: 1976–1977, 2006
Instruments: backing vocals
Cassie Gaines
Active: 1976–1977
Instruments: backing vocals
Carol Bristow
Active: 1987–1988
Instruments: backing vocals
Debbie Bailey
Active: 1991–1994
Instruments: backing vocals
Debbie Davis
Active: 1994–1996
Instruments: backing vocals
Tim Lindsey (filled in for Leon Wilkeson on tour)
Active: 1993
Instruments: bass
Rick Wills (filled in for Leon Wilkeson on tour)
Active: July 1999
Instruments: bass
Joey Huffman (filled in for Billy Powell on tour)
Active: 2008
Instruments: keyboards

Lineups[edit]

Personnel Studio albums Singles
1966–1971 (The Pretty Ones/The Noble Five/One Percent/Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • "Michelle"
1971–1972
  • "I've Been Your Fool"
1972–1972
  • Ronnie Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Allen Collins – guitars
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Bob Burnsdrums
1972–1973
  • Ronnie Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Allen Collins – guitars
  • Ed King – guitars
  • Bob Burnsdrums
1973
  • Ronnie Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Allen Collins – guitars
  • Ed King – bass, guitars
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Bob Burns – drums
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
1973–1974
  • Ronnie Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Allen Collins – guitars
  • Ed King – guitars
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Bob Burns – drums
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
1974–1975
  • Ronnie Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Allen Collins – guitars
  • Ed King – guitars
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Artimus Pyle – drums, percussion
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
1975–1976
  • Ronnie Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Allen Collins – guitars
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Artimus Pyle – drums, percussion
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
  • "Double Trouble"
  • "Gimme Back My Bullets"
1976–1977
  • Ronnie Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Allen Collins – guitars
  • Steve Gaines – guitars, backing vocals
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Artimus Pyle – drums, percussion
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
  • "What's Your Name"
  • "You Got That Right"
1977–1987 (Disbanded)
Personnel Studio albums Singles
1987–1990
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Randall Hall – guitars, backing vocals
  • Ed King – guitars, backing vocals
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Artimus Pyle – drums
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
1990–1993
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Randall Hall – guitars, backing vocals
  • Ed King – guitars, backing vocals
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Artimus Pyle – drums, percussion
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
  • Kurt Custer – drums
1993–1994
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Mike Estes – guitars
  • Ed King – guitars, backing vocals
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Kurt Custer – drums
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
1994–1996
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Mike Estes – guitars
  • Ed King – guitars, backing vocals
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Owen Hale – drums
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
1996–1998
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Rickey Medlocke – guitars, backing vocals
  • Hughie Thomasson – guitars, backing vocals
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Owen Hale – drums
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
  • "Travelin' Man"
  • "Bring It On"
1998–1999
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Rickey Medlocke – guitars, backing vocals
  • Hughie Thomasson – guitars, backing vocals
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Jeff McAllister – drums
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
1999
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Rickey Medlocke – guitars, backing vocals
  • Hughie Thomasson – guitars, backing vocals
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Kenny Aronoff – drums
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
  • "Preacher Man"
1999–2001
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Rickey Medlocke – guitars, backing vocals
  • Hughie Thomasson – guitars, backing vocals
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
  • Michael Cartellone – drums, percussion
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
2001–2005
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Rickey Medlocke – guitars, backing vocals
  • Hughie Thomasson – guitars, backing vocals
  • Ean Evans – bass, backing vocals
  • Michael Cartellone – drums, percussion
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
2005–2006
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Rickey Medlocke – guitars, backing vocals
  • Ean Evans – bass, backing vocals
  • Michael Cartellone – drums, percussion
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
2006–2009
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Rickey Medlocke – guitars, backing vocals
  • Mark Matejka – guitars, backing vocals
  • Ean Evans – bass, backing vocals
  • Michael Cartellone – drums, percussion
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
2009–2012
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Rickey Medlocke – guitars, backing vocals
  • Mark Matejka – guitars, backing vocals
  • Robert Kearns – bass, backing vocals
  • Michael Cartellone – drums, percussion
  • Peter Keys – keyboards
2012–present
  • Johnny Van Zant – lead vocals
  • Gary Rossington – guitars
  • Rickey Medlocke – guitars, backing vocals
  • Mark Matejka – guitars, backing vocals
  • Johnny Colt – bass, backing vocals
  • Michael Cartellone – drums, percussion
  • Peter Keys – keyboards

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