I grew up with Skynyrd. This used to be The South, and Skynyrd was revered here, before The Yankees took over Florida, and vilified everything that is "Southern".Were you even alive in 77 Tommy to actually SEE Skynyrd?
I think more than likely, You fell in Love with Skynyrd,...later on in your life. Sorta like me with Sinatra. My folks Loved him. I Saw his FIRST "retirement" concert at Ceasar's Palace in Vegas in the Mid 70's, but I listened to him from my folks for years.
Did ya know there was a "movement" on, years back to make Free Bird, the state song of Florida? Naw...It didn't fly.