Although critically acclaimed and the radio playing continuously, “Free Bird” when released as a single for the first time was not included in the chart. It was only after the group’s single “Sweet Home Alabama” won big in 1974 that “Free Bird” made it onto the chart at number 19, a relatively modest position.
But on stage, this song became the most requested song for Lynyn Skd fans after Ronnie Van Zant announced that the Skynyrd team dedicated “Free Bird” to the guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers. , who died in a motorbike accident in 1971. Skynyrd performances often end with “Free Bird” with the improvisation of three guitarists sometimes lasting more than 15 minutes.