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Cassie LaRue Gaines (January 9, 1948 – October 20, 1977) was an American singer, best known for her work with Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
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Gaines was invited by
JoJo Billingsley and Ronnie Van Zant to join Lynyrd Skynyrd as a backup singer. She had never heard of Skynyrd at the time, so JoJo lent to her a copy of the band's first two albums: and (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) . In late 1975, Cassie, JoJo, and Leslie Hawkins became Second Helping The Honkettes, a female gospel vocal trio for Skynyrd.
When Lynyrd Skynyrd was in need of a guitar player to replace recently departed
Ed King, Cassie recommended her younger brother, Steve, who joined the band soon after.
On October 20, 1977, a plane carrying the band between shows from
Greenville, South Carolina, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, crashed outside of Gillsburg, Mississippi. The crash killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve and Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, as well as pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray.
Cassie and Steve Gaines were buried in
Orange Park, Florida. They are the subject of the 2001 song " Cassie's Brother" by alt-country band Drive-By Truckers.
On February 15, 1979,
Steve's and Cassie's mother, also named Cassie LaRue Gaines, was killed in an automobile accident near the cemetery where Steve and Cassie are buried. She was buried near her children. [1 ]
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