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R.I.P. Ed King

Marky Forrest

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Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King has passed away at 68.


A California native, King was a founding member of the rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock, known for their 1967 psychedelic chart-topper "Incense and Peppermints."


In the early 1970s, Skynyrd opened several shows for Strawberry Alarm Clock, and in '72, King joined the Southern rock outfit as a bass player before switching to guitar.


He's an integral part of the band's three-guitar sound and first three albums: 1973's "Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd," "Second Helping" (released in 1974) and "Nuthin' Fancy" (1975), and is credited with co-writing classics like "Saturday Night Special," "Workin' for MCA" and "Whiskey Rock-a-Roller"


King stayed with Lynyrd Skynyrd until 1975. He reunited with the band at Charlie Daniels' 1987 Volunteer Jam and remained with them for nearly a decade until, struggling with congestive heart failure, he retired in 1996.


King was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd in 2006.


Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.

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