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Jacksonville is the home to all the best classic rock bands (and one classic rocker) from Florida…except for one band, who is from Gainesville, Florida. Check out the best classic rockers from the Sunshine State.


Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd began in Jacksonville, Florida in 1964, but they didn’t call themselves”Lynyrd Skynyrd” at first. The band started out as My Backyard, then changed names to The Noble Five and then, One Percent, before deciding on “Leonard Skinnerd” in 1969.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man - Live At The Florida Theatre / 2015

Available on ► Digital: ► DVD: ► BR: ► CD: Earlier this year Lynyrd Skynyrd performed their first two studio albums, "Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd" and "Second Helping", live in their entirety for the first time, at two specially staged concerts at the Florida Theatre in their home town of Jacksonville, Florida..

.38 Special

Donnie Van Zant, the younger brother of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant, along with neighborhood friend, Don Barnes formed their band, .38 Special in Jacksonville, Florida in 1974.

38 Special - Hold On Loosely

Best of 38 Special: Subscribe here: Music video by 38 Special performing Hold On Loosely. (C) 1981 A&M Records

The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman brothers, Duane and Gregg, along with Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson formed their southern rock/blues/jazz/country band, The Allman Brothers Band in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969.

Allman Brothers Midnight Rider

Midnight Rider by the Allman Brothers.

Jim Morrison

The Doors’ frontman, Jim Morrison was originally from Florida. He was born and raised in the Sunshine State and even attended college at Florida State University before heading to the west coast, where he would graduate from UCLA with a degree in film studies in 1965. That same year, Morrison co-founded The Doors.

The Doors - Touch Me

"Touch Me" is a song by The Doors from their album The Soft Parade. Written by Robby Krieger, its riff was influenced by The Four Seasons' "C'mon Marianne". It is notable for its extensive usage of brass and string instruments to accent Jim Morrison's vocals, including the measures of crooning, (including a powerful solo by featured saxophonist Curtis Amy), and was one of the most popular Doors singles.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. He and his band (some of the future Heartbreakers) started out in Gainesville, where they gained local popularity. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers reached more commercial success following the release of their second album, You’re Gonna Get It, and a year later, with Damn the Torpedoes.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Don't Come Around Here No More

Music video by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers performing Don't Come Around Here No More. (C) 1985 Geffen Records


Angie Krueger is a journalist who enjoys eating to Classic Rock music. She also enjoys listening to it.