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by Strawberry Alarm Clock, feat. Ed King, guitar/vocals
THIS TIME LAST YEAR: Ed King (1949 to 2018) was an American 'rock' guitarist, with 'Lynryd Skynyrd'. Edward Calhoun King was born on September 14th 1949 in Glendale, California, USA. He was one of the founding members of the Los Angeles-based mid-1960s 'pop-psychedelic rock' band 'Strawberry Alarm Clock' (with whom he is featured here) - their biggest success was the 1967 single "Incense and Peppermints" when it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. While with the band, he played both electric guitar and bass guitar. He first met the members of what would become the Florida-based 'rock' band 'Lynyrd Skynyrd' when an earlier line-up of some of its members opened for 'Strawberry Alarm Clock' on a few shows in early 1968. It wasn't until 1972 that he finally left the 'Clock' to join 'Skynyrd', replacing Leon Wilkeson on bass after he had initially left the band only temporarily. When Wilkeson did rejoin the band, King switched to lead guitar instead as a triple-guitar attack alongside Allen Collins and Gary Rossington - it became a signature sound for the band. His guitar playing and songwriting skills were an essential element on the band's first three albums, and he famously co-wrote "Sweet Home Alabama" and also counted in "one, two, three" at the start of the song. Other songs which benefited from his writing skills included "Poison Whiskey", "Saturday Night Special", "Whiskey Rock-a-Roller" and "Workin' For MCA". Although he was the only non-Southerner in the group, he was nevertheless an integral and valued part of the line-up. However, his initial exit from the band occurred when bandmate Ronnie Van Zant and his guitar roadie were thrown in jail in Ann Arbor before a gig there during the "Torture Tour" in 1975. King received so much criticism for his poor performance on a badly tuned and strung guitar that he decided to leave immediately. He was replaced in 1976 by Steve Gaines, who would be killed in a plane crash a year later along with Gaines' sister and Van Zant. He did join the reformed 'Lynyrd Skynyrd' in 1987 and played a major role for some while, but was forced to leave the band again in 1996 because of the onset of congestive heart failure. Along with all the "pre-crash" members of 'Lynyrd Skynyrd', he was inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" in 2006. Ed King had a successful heart transplant in 2011, but died from cancer in Nashville on August 22nd 2018, aged 68. http://eu.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2018/08/23/former-lynyrd-skynyrd-guitarist-ed-king-dead-68/1072400002/
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_King
Posted: 22nd August 2019
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