Ed King dies aged 68: Tributes pour in for Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist

King was an icon to guitar players around the world, and it was no wonder that fans and musicians took to social media to pay their respect to the departed musician


                            Ed King dies aged 68: Tributes pour in for Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist

Tributes started pouring in after it was reported on Thursday that Ed King, legendary guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd passed away on Wednesday at the age 68 years. 

King had been battling cancer, and his family announced his death on Thursday.

An influential figure in the guitar community, the Nashville resident was responsible for co-writing 'Sweet Home Alabama', 'Saturday Night Special,' 'Poison Whiskey, 'Mr. Banker,' and many other hits.



King was in the Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 until 1975, and again from 1987 until 1996. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 along with some of his Lynyrd Skynyrd bandmates. King was also the founding member of the psychedelic band Strawberry Alarm Clock, best known for their 1967 chart-topper 'Incense and Peppermints.'

An icon to guitar players around the world, King continued playing throughout his life, and it was no wonder that fans and musicians took to social media to pay their respect to the departed musician.

"I’ve just found out about Ed’s passing and I’m shocked and saddened," said guitarist Gary Rossington, the lone original member of the Lynyrd Skynyrd that tours today, in a statement on Thursday morning, The Tennessean reported. "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 and Roll Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."





 


 


  


 


"I don’t know anyone who doesn’t “know” the intro lick to 'Sweet Home Alabama,' The Tennessean quoted guitarist Andrew Michael Sovine as saying.

 "If that was all (King) was known for I think that would be worth remembering, but all of his work with Skynyrd was just amazing...as a guitarist I don’t think he ever got the credit he was due. The music he wrote really was the soundtrack of a generation or two."