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Our Tribute To Jo Jo Billingsley
Our friend & former Lynyrd Skynyrd back-up singer passed away on June 24, 2010
A few Items that Jo Jo Billingsley Gave Us
JoJo use parts of my Lynyrd
Skynyrd Tribute Slideshow for this
recent television interview she did.
Parts of my slideshow included in
the clip are of my Tennessee
Concerts logo, Southern Tribute
logo and picture of the 1977 band.
The clip goes on to show a copy of
my 1977 plane crash newspaper
that I copied from the original
newspaper. Then the video clip
shows several plane crash pictures
that I mostly covered with text (to
prevent copying.)  I met JoJo a few
years ago and we have kept in touch
since that time. Many of the images
from my slideshow were supplied to
me by Jacquelyn Cooper from the
plane crash scene. Jacquelyn's
This is an interview by FOX 7 in Evansville, IN when Jo Jo was up to
visit. She spoke and sang in two area churches. This TV interview
was performed at Mill Road Baptist Church in Evansville Indiana
TPE featured Jo Jo Billingsley in an article
from May 18, 2008.
"From Southern Rock to the
Solid Rock,"
The Story of Jo Jo Billingsley White
Jo Jo Billingsley (AKA Deborah Jo White) former member
of the original Lynyrd Skyynrd Band & Original Honkettes)
Her CD is called
I Will Obey. I've really enjoyed the listening.
Jo Jo Billingsley performs with members of our own Play It Again Jam
The Play It Again Jam live with Jo Jo Billingsley (right) at Jam-A-Que 2007
Members from the Play It Again Jam include include Scott VanZen, Tony Beazley,
Mike McIllwain, C.J. Dubuisson & others.
Picture by Pat Adams
Jo Jo singing next to a tribute to
her late friends & members of  
her old band, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Picture by Pat Adams
Destiny (Jo Jo's daughter), Jo Jo Billingsley,
Bruce Wall, Jane VanZant with Gary Allen
and CJ Dubiusson from the Play It Again Jam.
Picture by Pat Adams from Tennessee Concerts
Jo Jo with Pat Adams from  Tennessee Concerts
Picture by JoJo's daughter Destiny
Jo Jo Billingsley 1952-2010
Our Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Slideshow
used in JoJo's Last TV Interview (below)
In Jo Jo Billingley's last Television Show Interview (below),
She used a short clip of our own Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Slideshow (shown above)
grandfather owned the property the plane crashed on. I eventually talked her into going up into the family attic to find newspapers ,
plane crash photo's and other related memorabilia. I put together the SouthernTribute.com website (part of
TennesseeConcerts.com) with the help of Jacquelyn. This is the most popular Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash webpage in the world.
Although some Lynyrd Skynyrd members look down upon my plane crash tribute, Jo Jo embraced it and used it to her advantage.
Thanks Jo Jo & Jacquelyn. Be sure to check out the video below and my SouthernTribute.com Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute.     
 
Pat Adams from TennesseeConcerts on June 26, 2010
JoJo Billingsley at Jam-A-Que 2007
The 3rd annual Jam-A-Que in 2007 featuring members from Nashville's Musicians
Jam, including Kenny Utterback from Pacific Gas & Electric, JoJo Billingsley from
Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Southern Boys, Jane VanZant and event organizer Bruce
Wall. This was from the 3rd annual Jam-A-Que, a southern rock event.
The audio is from a 2011 Play It Again Jam.
Video, pictures & editing
by Pat Adams from www.TennesseeConcerts.com.
Our Own Video Of JoJo Billingsley
Deborah Jo Billingsley
(May 28, 1952 – June 24, 2010)
was an American singer, soloist,
songwriter and recording artist. She
was best known for her work with The
Honkettes, backing vocalists for the
Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Billingsley was born in Memphis,
Tennessee, to Doc and Hazel
Billingsley. The family soon moved to
Senatobia, Mississippi from
Harmontown, Mississippi, where she
was raised. In December 1975 she was
hired, along with Cassie Gaines and
Leslie Hawkins, as backing singers for
the Southern Rock band Lynyrd
Skynyrd, whose leader, Ronnie Van
Zant, dubbed them "The Honkettes".
An October 20, 1977 airplane crash
killed several members of the band
and road crew, but Billingsley was the
only band member not on the flight.
She stated that she had a dream two
nights before the plane crashed,
foreseeing the event. She attempted to
warn the other band members not to
get on the plane. According to
Billingsley, this experience led her to
become a born-again Christian
An interview with Jo Jo Billingsley on WKEQ Classic Hits
Q97 with Rod "The Z Man" Zimmermman July 31st 2008.
JoJo Billingsley Radio Interview in 2008
The Legendary Jo Jo Billingsley
of the original LYNYRD SKYNYRD
This interview is with our friend, Jo Jo Billingsley, of the original LYNYRD SKYNYRD
Band. Jo Jo has been instrumental in helping us with our "Freebird's Last Flight"
presentation. Jo Jo has been to several prisons with us to share her life and testimony
as well as songs to men serving time behind bars. I contacted the 700 Club to inquire if
they would be interested in interview her --AND they were!
(Youtube)
JoJo Billingsley TV Interview in 2008
Billingsley performed with a re-formed Lynyrd Skynyrd for the first time after the 1977 plane crash  
at the opening of Freebird The Movie at Atlanta's Fox Theatre in 1995. She sang "Sweet Home
Alabama" at Lynyrd Skynyrd's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. She also
performed with members of the group at occasional charity or memorial events.

In 2005, she performed several times as "The Honkettes" in an alternative version of Lynyrd
Skynyrd called "The Saturday Night Special Band" that included former Skynyrd members
Ed King, Artimus Pyle and Leslie Hawkins, which helped raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Billingsley also made many television and radio appearances, appeared in several movies and
DVDs, and traveled extensively. Her final CD was titled I Will Obey.
JoJo Billingsley in the 2000's:
JoJo Billingsley Video's
The Saturday Night Special Band - Saturday Night Special
Performed by Lynyrd Skyynrd's Ed King & Artimus Pyle
with Lynyrd Skynyrd back-up singers JoJo Billingsley & Leslie Hawkins
Members of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd band, Artimus Pyle, Ed King, JoJo Billingsley
and Leslie Hawkins perform Saturday Night Special with Thane Shearon and the
Saturday Night Special Band at The Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN.
Our Southern Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd
Including the Plane Crash and the band since the Plane Crash
See Our Lynyrd Skynyrd Southern Tribute pages
The SouthernTribute pages include plane crash local nes reports, exclusive pictures, the first
reunions of the bands, plus major concert appearances in Nashville.
Pages by Pat Adams (Tennessee Concerts) & Jacquelyn Cooper (at the Plane Crash Sight)

Our Southern Tribute Link: www.SouthernTribute.com
or www.TennesseeConcerts.com/planecrash
The Original Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1977
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Recorded Live: 7/2/1977 (including JoJo Billingsley)
Oakland Coliseum Stadium - Oakland, CA
Pictures by Pat Adams
Picture by Pat Adams
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