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On this day in 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd released Street Survivors. Just three days later, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve and Cassie Gaines and three others lost their lives when the chartered plane carrying the band and key crew members ran out of fuel and crashed near Gillsburg, Mississippi on the flight between Greenville, South Carolina and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The band:s record company hastily reissued the album in a cover without the flames.
Other 10/17 events in Classic Rock... 1980 Dire Straits released Making Movies, 1984 Billy Joel released Storm Front. In 1994 Bob Dylan made a surprise appearance with the Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden, and in 2005 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa joined U2 on People Get Ready at the band's Philadelphia concert.