Steve Gaines 1977


Steve Gaines 1977, hand-drawn recording guitar tracks for the Lynyrd Skynyrd album “Street Survivors” at Studio 1 on August 12, 1977 in Doraville Atlanta, Georgia, age 27, two months before his death.
Shown with his Les Paul Custom and Peavey ‘Mace’ Combo Amp.

Steven Earl Gaines (September 14, 1949 – October 20, 1977) was an American musician. He is best known as a guitarist and backing vocalist with rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1976 until his death in the October 1977 airplane crash that claimed other band members and crew.
His older sister Cassie Gaines, a backup vocalist with the band, likewise died in the crash.

In December 1975, Steve’s older sister, Cassie, became a member of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd’s female backup singers, The Honkettes. The band had been seeking a replacement for Ed King, one of three lead guitarists in its lineup, since his departure in mid-1975.
Cassie recommended Steve, and after initial reluctance the band allowed him to join them onstage for a song during a show at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri on May 11, 1976.

Gaines’ guitar-picking and songwriting skills were a major revelation to the band, as demonstrated on his one Lynyrd Skynyrd studio album, 1977’s “Street Survivors”.
Publicly and privately, Ronnie Van Zant marveled at the vocal and instrumental skill of Skynyrd’s newest member, claiming that the band would “all be in his shadow one day”.

On October 20, 1977, three days after Street Survivors was released (and five dates into the band’s most successful ticket sales tour yet), a plane carrying both musicians and crew between shows from Greenville, South Carolina to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, crashed outside of Gillsburg, Mississippi.
The plane landed in a swampy area and crashed into trees, claiming Gaines, Van Zant, Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary, and co-pilot William Gray.

He was 28.

Less than two years after the plane crash, Cassie LaRue Gaines, mother of Cassie and Steve, was killed in an automobile accident near the cemetery where her children were buried. She was buried near them.

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