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Steve Gaines

An American Guitarist and song writer.

He began playing guitar after seeing The Beatles in concert as a teenager. His first band, The Ravens, made its first recording at the famous Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Gaines later played with bands RIO Smokehouse, Rusty Day, Detroit and Crawdad in the 1970s. He also recorded several songs with friend and producer John Ryan that were later released in 1988 by MCA Records as his only solo album, One in the Sun.

In 1976, Gaines' sister, Cassie Gaines, became a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd's female backup singers, The Honkettes.

Gaines' guitar and songwriting skills were a major contribution to the band, as proven on the 1977 album Street Survivors.

A plane carrying the band between shows from Greenville, South Carolina to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, crashed outside of Gillsburg, Mississippi; he was 28 years old.

This is all I ever dreamed about, you know? Just doing this." October 17, 1977 interview, the day Street Survivors was released. He was killed three days later by the plane crash.

Steve Gaines was killed on impact; he was 28 years old. The crash also killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve's sister Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, as well as pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray.

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