This Day in History: 2023-11-23
An edited version of “Free Bird” (often written as “Freebird”) enters the Billboard 100 (#87). The Lynyrd Skynyrd classic, written by band members Allen Collins (guitar) and Ronnie Van Zant (vocals), is the group’s second Top 40 hit (“Sweet Home Alabama” was the 1st). 1974
Despite peaking at #19 months later it becomes Lynyrd Skynyrd’s signature song with over 2-million downloads.
The original nine-minute version of “Free Bird” closes the band’s debut album, “Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd.”
AC/DC issue “For Those About to Rock We Salute You.” The band’s seventh North American release is their first #1 album. 1981
“The Spaghetti Incident?” is the fifth studio album by Guns N’ Roses. 1993
The covers set is the only studio effort to feature rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke, who replaced Izzy Stradlin.
The band’s worst-selling album still goes platinum (one-million units shipped).