Guitarist Ed King dies at age 68

The musician was a former member of the 1960’s Psychedelic Rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock and later from Lynyrd Skynyrd

Guitarist Ed King dies at age 68

Ed King, former guitarist and bassist, known for being a member of the 1960’s Psychedelic Rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock and later from Lynyrd Skynyrd, has passed away aged 68 from health complications related to cancer. King was born on September 14, 1949 in Glendale, California and first came to prominence during the late 1960’s as the guitarist for L.A band Strawberry Alarm Clock with whom scored the No.1 Psychedelic Rock hit “Incense and Peppermints”, co-written by him, in 1967 when he was only 18. He joned Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1972 replacing Leon Wilkeson on bass, who left the band briefly. Wilkeson rejoined the band, and King switched to guitar, creating the triple-guitar attack that became a signature sound for the band. During that period he recorded some of the bands most notable albums and created the famous guitar riff for their signature song “Sweet Home Alabama”. King left the band in 1975 and was replaced in 1976 by Steve Gaines, who was killed in a plane crash along with his sister Cassie Gaines and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant on October 20, 1977. He reunited with Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1987 but was forced to leave again in 1996 due to congestive heart failure. Ed King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 as a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd. He passed away on August 22, in his Nashville, Tennessee.

Look back at the Strawberry Alarm Clock performing “Incense And Peppermints” in 1967 with Ed King on guitar

Also watch Lynyrd Skynyrd performing “Sweet Home Alabama” in 1974

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