Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King passed away Wednesday at his home in Nashville. He was 68.
King was a member of the band from 1972 to 1975 and again from 1987 to 1996 and was a co-writer on the band’s classic tune “Sweet Home Alabama." He also plays the well-known guitar riff at the beginning of the tune.
In addition “Sweet Home Alabama,” he is credited as co-writing "Saturday Night Special," "Workin' for MCA" and "Whiskey Rock-a-Roller” and appeared on the band’s first three albums, 1973's "Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd," 1974’s "Second Helping" and 1975’s "Nuthin' Fancy.” King was also the founding member of the 60s group “Strawberry Alarm Clock,” which had a hit in 1967 with “Incense and Peppermints.”
Upon hearing about King’s death, Skynyrd founding member Garry Rossington tweeted, “Ed was our brother, and a great Songwriter and Guitar player. I know he will be reunited with the rest of the boys in Rock & Roll Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon and his family.”