Ed King

Septem­ber 14, 1949 – Au­gust 22nd, 2018

Classic Rock - - The Dirt -

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Ross­ing­ton was “shocked and sad­dened” to learn of the death of his for­mer band­mate, a founder mem­ber who played guitar and bass with the south­ern rock icons from 1972 to

1975 and again be­tween 1987 and 1996. King, who co-wrote the band’s hit Sweet Home Alabama, passed away at his home in Nashville at the age of 68. “I know he will be re­united with the rest of the boys in rock and roll heaven,” added Ross­ing­ton.

Be­fore join­ing Skynyrd, King was a mem­ber of the psy­che­delic band Straw­berry Alarm Clock dur­ing the 1960s. He played on Skynyrd’s self-ti­tled de­but al­bum in 1973 and the fol­low­ing year’s Sec­ond Help­ing, and left the group af­ter the re­lease of a third record, Nuthin’ Fancy. He re­joined in ’87, but left again in ’96 due to health is­sues.

King was in­ducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with sev­eral other key Lynyrd Skynyrd alumni in 2006. DL

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