Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded "Free Bird" in 1973 and it featured on their debut album "(Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)". Released as a single in November 1974, "Free Bird" became the band's second Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1975, where it peaked at No. 19. A live version of the song also reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1977, peaking at No. 38.
(Live August 21st, 1976)
... well just found that clip on a hard disk - not sure about the location and when it was recorded (@edit: Knebworth fair show in Hertfordshire England August 21st, 1976) - but nearly the original Skynyrd lineup from 1976 with Ronnie van Zandt, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Leon Wilkenson, Artimus Pyle, Steve Gaines (plus Billy Powell) - most of them are in Heaven - RIP all, you guys were so great!