As we prepare to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the band’s career-breaking Second Helping‘s  release in April, here is Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s earliest known recording of “Sweet Home Alabama” before a live Ardent Studio audience in Memphis October 30, 1973. Note that nobody claps in recognition during the opening guitar lick because the song would not be released until almost six months later. That is undoubtedly the last time that would ever happen! – Redbeard