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Ain't No Good Life

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Lynyrd Skynyrd



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This was the first song ever recorded on a Lynyrd Skynyrd album that did not feature Ronnie Van Zant on vocals. It was sung by guitarist Steve Gaines who was a singer, song writer, and guitarist prior to joining Lynyrd Skynyrd. The song is very much a Blues tune. (thanks, Aaron - Twin Cities, MN)
Steve Gaines wrote this song. He was first recommended to the band by his sister, Cassie Gaines, who was one of the original back-up singers added to the band. Cassie had originally been part of a group called The Honkettes, before they got absorbed into Lynyrd Skynyrd.
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Steve Gaines WAS the first vocalist to perform the song Ain't No Good Life on an album without lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant. Ricky Medlocke did not appear until 1978 on a Lynyrd Skynyrd Album. Street Survivors was produced before the First and Last album.
- Chuck, Wirtz, VA
This is in fact NOT the first song ever recorded by Skynyrd to feature someone other than Ronnie on vocals. Rickey Medlocke, sings "Seasons" and "White Dove" on Skynyrd's "First & Last" album. While released after "Street Survivors", it was recorded MANY years earlier.

Also, the part about Cassie having been "part of a group called The Honkettes, before they got absorbed into Lynyrd Skynyrd" this is also untrue. The "Honkettes" were created by Skynyrd as part of the band.
- Zap, Zaplandia, CT
it was said by Ronnie to all the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd that someday we would be second fiddle to steve gaines
- dan, houston, TX
Definite departure from the traditional Skynyrd style.
- Randy W, Atlanta, GA
Drummer Artimus Pyle later stated that Ronnie had so much confidence in Steve that he would leave the stage as Steve took front and center and sang this song. Another interesting fact about the song is that when played live, the song featured The Honkettes (including Steve's sister Cassie) singing backup. However the Honkettes are absent from the studio version of the song.
- Justin, Belle, WV
Steve brought new life to the Skynyrd band. He was an accomplished muscician in his own right before he joined the music men from Florida.
- Jeanette, McGrady, NC
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