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October 20 is a prominent day for popular music-related events associated with Florida. On this date in 1977, three members of legendary Jacksonville-based Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed when their airplane crashed in Mississippi during a failed emergency landing attempt. Thirteen years later, in 1990, three members of the notorious Miami-based rap group 2 Live Crew were acquitted of obscenity charges after performing from their album As Nasty As They Wanna Be at a Hollywood club. The album had been the subject of an obscenity determination by a Broward County judge and objections from then-Gov. Bob Martinez, and the controversy spurred album sales of more than 2 million copies. Still, it’s Free Bird that fans still cry out for from cover bands across the land.

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