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50 years ago today, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s hit “Sweet Home Alabama” was released
50 years ago today, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s hit “Sweet Home Alabama” was released

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s legendary hit “Sweet Home Alabama” celebrates its 50th birthday today.

The all-time jam still, originally written as a response to Neil Young’s Southern Manstill resonates across the state today with legendary lyrics about Muscle Shoals and Birmingham.

Released in 1974 as a single from the band’s second album, Second aidIt was the most popular single in the band’s history, reaching number 8 in the charts.

Several of the original band members died in a plane crash in 1977, leading to a hiatus in the band before various incarnations of the group emerged over the last 50 years.

The tune became something of an anthem for the entire state, permeating the culture of the Yellowhammer State during its 50 years on the musical airwaves.

The chant “Roll Tide Roll” is still sung at every Alabama home game, and the state’s residents have kept the song alive for generations.

Listen to one of the most iconic songs of all time on its 50th anniversary.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey also paid tribute to Sweet Home’s half-century. “Thank you, Lynyrd Skynyrd, for capturing the heart of Alabama so beautifully,” she wrote.

Michael Brauner is a senior sports analyst and contributing writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter at @MBraunerWNSP and hear him every weekday from 6am-9am on “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP-FM 105.5, available free online.

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By Aurora