Johnny Van Zant
27 February 1959, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. The youngest brother in a talented family including Lynyrd Skynyrds late vocalist Ronnie and 38 Special frontman Donnie, vocalist Johnny Van Zant is an established performer on the southern rock circuit. He began singing as a teenager in the late 70s, playing with the Austin Nickels Band, a unit that quickly evolved into the Johnny Van Zant Band. Joined by Robbie Gay (guitar/vocals), Robbie Morris (drums), Erik Lundgren (guitar/vocals) and Danny Clausman (bass), the group completed three albums of solid southern rock (No More Dirty Deals, Round Two and The Last Of The Wild Ones) for Polydor Records and Magic Mushroom in the early 80s. A fourth album for Geffen Records was credited to Van Zant, but this 1985 collection veered closer to the eras prevailing AOR style than Van Zants southern rock roots. The albums commercial failure prompted Johnny to leave the music business and spend the next two...