Donnie Van Zant

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Donnie Van Zant
Van Zant in 2008
Background information
Birth nameDonald Newton Van Zant
Born (1952-06-11) June 11, 1952 (age 67)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
GenresSouthern rock, Country
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, singer, guitarist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1974–2013
Associated acts38 Special, Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd

Donald Newton "Donnie" Van Zant (born June 11, 1952, in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American rock vocalist/guitarist. He is best known for being a member of the band 38 Special, from its formation in 1974 until 2013. He is the middle of three sons of a truck driver. Older brother Ronnie (1948–1977) was the original lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd; who died in a plane crash in Mississippi. Younger brother Johnny (b.1960) has been the lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd since 1987; the two also perform together from time to time as the group Van Zant.

According to a posting in March 2013 on the 38 Special website, "Donnie Van Zant has not been able to join the band's performances for the past six months. In accordance with his doctor's strict orders and due to health issues related to inner-ear nerve damage, he will not be able to join 38 Special onstage in the foreseeable future. Donnie will continue to write and record with the band." However, it was announced later in 2013 that he had officially left 38 Special, and was retiring.[1]


  1. ^ "WhistleStop music 2014: 38 Special". © 2015 Alabama Media Group All rights reserved. 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2015.

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