Donnie Van Zant
December 31, 2013 5:59:28 AM UTC Post #1

Sorry, I'm sure this question has been asked and answered many times before, but I wasn't successful searching this board for related posts.

Was Donnie Van Zant ever considered as a replacement for Ronnie Van Zant in Lynyrd Skynyrd?

I'm sure the younger Johnny was a better fit, but just wondering as I have recently learned to appreciate Donnie's vocals in .38 Special.


January 01, 2014 3:52:29 PM UTC Post #1

Yeah he was, but he had already had commitments to 38 so he couldn't do the skynyrd tour. He did come in for a few dates though.

January 02, 2014 11:58:18 PM UTC Post #2

=paiken8 said:Yeah he was, but he had already had commitments to 38 so he couldn't do the skynyrd tour. He did come in for a few dates though.


I know he was committed to 38, but was he officially asked before Johnny? I wonder how he would have done. I also wonder if Jimmie Van Zant would have been a good choice. He looks alot like Ronnie on stage.

January 19, 2014 5:25:10 PM UTC Post #3

Thanks.

Makes sense as .38 Special was probably at the top of their popularity around that time.

January 21, 2014 6:05:41 PM UTC Post #4

when i first heard sweet momma on vicous cycle i thought it was Donnie singing that song !
he did sing it on Van Zants version butsomebody changed it up on that recording to make it country op more sounding ?
i sure wish they would have recorded it the way they did on vicous cycle on Van Zants version it would have been awsome to hear Don singing it played the same as it was for john on vicous cycle..........


Thank You Lynyrd Skynyrd for the music!

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