Album cover: Pronounced 'Leh-'Nérd 'Skin-'Nérd

I watched the Lynyrd Skynyrd doc­u­men­tary the oth­er night on Netflix. This morn­ing I had to pull up their first album, Pronounced ‘Leh-‘Nérd ‘Skin-‘Nérd, and lis­ten. While I’m not a true Skynyrd fan, I was there when this album came out in 1973 and loved it like all my bud­dies. It was rock/country at its best — and in my mind, it will nev­er be dupli­cat­ed by the coun­try music industry.

The album has many excel­lent songs includ­ing “Free Bird,” which is a rock clas­sic (as EVERYBODY knows). I think I might have bought Street Survivors but haven’t replaced it with a CD as I have Pronounced

In 1977 I was on my way to buy Lynyrd Skynyrd con­cert tick­ets when I heard on the car radio that their tour plane had crashed the night before killing Ronnie Van Zant and oth­ers. I turned around and went home.

Album information

When this album was record­ed, the group con­sist­ed of:

  • Ronnie Van Zant – lead vocals, lyrics
  • Gary Rossington – lead gui­tar, rhythm gui­tar, slide guitar
  • Allen Collins – lead gui­tar, rhythm gui­tar, acoustic guitar
  • Ed King – bass, gui­tar fills, piano, lead guitar
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
  • Bob Burns – drums
SongWritten byTime
“I Ain’t the One”Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant3:53
“Tuesday’s Gone”Allen Collins, Van Zant7:32
“Gimme Three Steps”Collins, Van Zant4:30
“Simple Man”Rossington, Van Zant5:57
“Things Goin’ On”Rossington, Van Zant5:00
“Mississippi Kid”Al Kooper, Van Zant, Bob Burns3:56
“Poison Whiskey”Ed King, Van Zant3:13
“Free Bird”Collins, Van Zant9:08
Track list­ing for the album Pronounced ‘Leh-‘Nérd ‘Skin-‘Nérd

Released: August 13, 1973
Recorded: March 27 – May 1, 1973
Studio: Studio One Doraville GA
Length: 43:03
Label: MCA
Producer: Al Kooper

This is a good record­ing and CD, stream­ing, and vinyl for­mats are still avail­able. You can find free lis­tens all over the Internet, espe­cial­ly on YouTube. There will nev­er be anoth­er Skynyrd.

See a live ver­sion of “Free Bird” here:
Notice the “Neil Young Tonight’s the Night” t‑shirt Ronnie has on… “A south­ern man does­n’t need him around anyhow.”

  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.