What’s Your Name – Lynyrd Skynyrd | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#13), 1978

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

What’s your name? Well, if it was Leonard Skinner and you enjoyed punishing long-haired students in your gym class, then you would ultimately achieve international fame. Those boys in high school, who played in that band called My Backyard and Noble Five around 1965? Well, they changed their name to Lynyrd Skynyrd in honor of you, and became the most successful Southern rock band. From their first album in 1973 (pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd), their hard driving blend of blues, rock, and country hit home with music buyers. Street Survivors followed a double disc live album that had breathed new life into LS’s career, and expectations were high. Three days after Survivor‘s release on October 17, 1977, the band’s privately chartered plane crashed outside of Gillsburg, MS, killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, among others. In the aftermath, What’s Your Name became LS’s highest charting record since their first one, Sweet Home Alabama.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Tom Dowd

Lyrics Written by:

  • Gary Rossington
  • Ronnie Van Zant