born on 9/1/1948
died on 20/10/1977 in Gillsburg, MS, United States
Cassie LaRue Gaines (January 9, 1948 October 20, 1977) was an American singer, best known for her work with Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Cassie was invited by JoJo Billingsley and Ronnie Van Zant to join Lynyrd Skynyrd as a backup singer. She had never heard of Skynyrd at the time, so JoJo lent to her a copy of the band's first two albums: (Pronounced 'Lh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) and Second Helping. In late 1975, Cassie, JoJo, and Leslie Hawkins became The Honkettes, a female gospel vocal trio for Skynyrd.
On October 20, 1977, a plane carrying the band between shows from Greenville, South Carolina, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, crashed outside of Gillsburg, Mississippi. The crash killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve and Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, as well as pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray.
Cassie and Steve Gaines were buried in Orange Park, Florida. They are the subject of the 2001 song "Cassie's Brother" by alt-country band Drive-By Truckers.
On February 15, 1979, Steve's and Cassie's mother, also named Cassie LaRue Gaines, was killed in an automobile accident near the cemetery where Steve and Cassie are buried. She was buried near her children.
- US NTSB Report on Plane Crash
- Cassie Gaines' Gravesite
|Johnny Van Zant | Gary Rossington | Billy Powell | Ean Evans | Rickey Medlocke | Michael Cartellone | Mark Matejka | Dale Krantz Rossington | Carol Chase|
|Former Members: Ronnie Van Zant | Allen Collins | Steve Gaines | Leon Wilkeson | Ed King | Bob Burns | Artimus Pyle | Hughie Thomasson | Cassie Gaines|
|Albums: (pronounced 'lh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) | Second Helping | Nuthin' Fancy | Gimme Back My Bullets | One More from the Road | Street Survivors | Skynyrd's First And... Last | Southern By The Grace Of God | Legend | Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 | The Last Rebel | Endangered Species | Twenty | Lyve From Steel Town | Edge Of Forever | Christmas Time Again | Vicious Cycle | Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour|
|DVDs: Lyve From Steel Town | Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour|
|Spin-Off Bands: The Rossington-Collins Band | The Allen Collins Band | The Artimus Pyle Band|