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09 Jan 1948 1
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Cassie Gaines 1
Birth:
09 Jan 1948 1
Death:
Oct 1977 1
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Last Payment: Orange Park, FL 1
Social Security Number: ***-**-6328 1

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Cassie LaRue Gaines (January 9, 1948 – October 20, 1977) was an American singer, best known for her work with Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Gaines was an original cast member of a school play called Hairspray, which would become a Broadway musical a few years later. Shortly after the play was performed, JoJo Billingsley was sent to her from Ronnie Van Zant to invite Cassie to joining 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 'L?h-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) and Second Helping. In late 1975, Cassie, JoJo, and another girl named Leslie Hawkins became The Honkettes, a female gospel vocal trio for Skynyrd.

When Lynyrd Skynyrd was in need of a guitar player to replace recently departed Ed King, Cassie recommended her younger brother, Steve, who joined the band soon after.

On October 20, 1977, a plane carrying the band between shows from Greenville, South Carolina, to Baton Rouge, Louisianacrashed outside ofGillsburg, 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,[1] 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.

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