Ok, if you've ever sat through one of those VH1 Behind the Music marathons (and you have), you know that Lynyrd Skynyrd was named after a killjoy Florida gym teacher who hated longhaired hippy rednecks almost as much as longhaired hippy rednecks hated Neil Young's “Southern Man.”
Well, '60s high school coach Leonard Skinner died this morning at 77. He always claimed that he didn't even remember the scruffsters who went on to name their band after him and that he was just enforcing school rules about hair length.
Still–his name lives on everytime some drunk screams “FREEEEEEEBIRD!” at a hapless bar band, so, in tribute to Leonard Skinner here's our list of
TOP FIVE STRANGEST COVERS OF “FREEBIRD” ON YOUTUBE:
5. A bunch of 12 year olds:
4. Molly fuckin' Hatchet!:
3. An adorable drumming child!:
2. Will Ferrell, some hugely pregnant chick, Conan O Brien, Beck and others!
and the number one incredibly strange cover of “Freebird” is…
some Confederate-flag-flyin' long-hair scruffster that would have sent coach Skinner straight to the scissors!: