Ed King, a Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist who assimilated a rope in 1972 to give a Southern stone organisation a iconic three-guitar sound, died Wednesday in Nashville. He was 68. A means of genocide was not specified, yet King had been battling lung cancer and had recently been hospitalized for a disease.
A summary on King’s Facebook reliable his death: “It is with good grief we announce a flitting of Ed King who died during his home in Nashville, Tennessee on Aug 22nd, 2018. We appreciate his many friends and fans for their adore and support of Ed during his life and career.”
A California native, King was a initial member of a unusual Sixties rope Strawberry Alarm Clock, famous for their strike “Incense and Peppermints.” He charity to join Skynyrd when, opening for a rope during a Jacksonville, Florida, bar a Comic Book Club in 1968, he listened them rehearsing a strain “Need All My Friends.” It wasn’t until 1972, however, when King would pointer on with Skynyrd, temporarily replacing bassist Leon Wilkeson and afterwards apropos a bone-fide member as third guitarist.
King played on a band’s initial 3 albums: 1973’s (Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd), 1974’s Second Helping and 1975’s Nuthin’ Fancy. He many famously co-wrote Second Helping‘s “Sweet Home Alabama” – that’s him counting off “1, 2, 3” in a song’s intro – which, along with “Free Bird,” has turn synonymous with a group.
After a dust-up with thespian Ronnie Van Zant, King, sleepy of a Skynyrd play and inclination for fighting, exited a rope in 1975, detailing a occurrence in a glorious new documentary If we Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd.
“I’m a hippie from Southern California. I’m not digging a assault part,” King said, recounting how a damaged fibre during a uncover in Pittsburgh warranted him a rage of a fickle Van Zant. “Ronnie and my guitar roadie who altered my strings were thrown in jail in Ann Arbor. They didn’t arrive … until 10 mins before we went on. we had to play on aged strings and we pennyless dual strings during ‘Free Bird.’ After, Ronnie was roving me, and a lightbulb went off and we said, ‘That’s it.’ we went behind to my room, packaged adult my things and left.”
King is a prominence of If we Leave Here Tomorrow, charity penetrating firsthand discernment into a Southern rope as an alien from California. On a album cover for Pronounced, King is graphic distant right, a bit isolated from a group.
Guitarist Gary Rossington, a sole strange member of a Lynyrd Skynyrd that tours today, quipped on King’s aloof, business-minded inlet in a documentary. “He’d stop and buy $100 value of Slim Jims and have him in a briefcase and, pushing an hour or two, we get hungry, he’d sell them to us and triple a price,” he said.
Following King’s death, Rossington expelled a statement. “I’ve only found out about Ed’s flitting and I’m repelled and saddened,” he said. “Ed was a brother, and a good songwriter and guitar player. we know he will be reunited with a rest of a boys in Rock and Roll Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
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King was inducted into a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 as a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd.