Cassie's Brother

Album: Southern Rock Opera (2001)

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about Steve Gaines. His sister, Cassie Gaines, was a back-up singer in Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1975. Both died in the plane crash on October 20, 1977 that also killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant. Cassie Gaines kept telling the band that they should give her brother Steve a chance to play. They finally decided to let him play during one show. The band told the sound people that if Steve didn't sound good enough to just turn him off. The sound people never turned him off and the band was very impressed. A few days later, Steve Gaines was invited to join the band.
  • Steve Gaines is the only other member of Lynyrd Skynyrd (other than Ronnie Van Zant) to write lyrics and sing during a recording session. Prior to playing with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steve Gaines' band was playing motels and lounge bars. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Aaron - Twin Cities, MN, for above 2

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