Guitarist Ed King has passed away at age 68.
Even though he's probably best known for his work with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ed King was one of the founding members of psychedelic legends Strawberry Alarm Clock. King co-wrote their #1 1967 hit, "Incense and Peppermints." Band members Mark Weitz and Ed King were both denied songwriting credits by producer Frank Slay despite the fact it was based upon an instrumental they'd written.
King met Lynyrd Skynyrd when the band supported Strawberry Alarm Clock in 1968. In 1972 he joined Skynyrd, replacing Leon Wilkeson on bass. When Wilkeson returned to the band, King switched to guitar, creating the triple-guitar attack that became their signature sound.
King co-wrote "Sweet Home Alabama." That's his voice counting down the famous riff that starts the song. He also wrote or co-wrote the music for "Poison Whiskey," "Saturday Night Special," "Swamp Music," "Whiskey Rock-a-Roller," and "Workin' For MCA."
King decided to leave the band in 1975 and was replaced in 1976 by Steve Gaines, who was killed in the infamous 1977 plane crash that also took the lives of his sister Cassie Gaines and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant.