He was born in Jacksonville, Florida on January 15,1948. Growing up, he dreamed of being a boxer, a baseball player, and a stock car racer before falling in love with music and becoming a rock legend. If he were still alive today, Ronald Wayne Van Zant the legendary lead singer and songwriter for Lynyrd Skynyrdwould've turned 68.

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We’ll remember “Ronnie” on his Birthday tonight at 6:20 with live (original line-up)Skynyrd on the WBLM Mini-Concert.

Here’s a great one minute video of Ronnie fishing and telling the story of the iconic song, Freebird.