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
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."
Ed King (on the far right) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with some of his Skynyrd bandmates in 2006. He had health issues throughout his life but always kept his love and passion for guitar alive, inspiring many others. #EdKing pic.twitter.com/tkJF6kjtNO— Jesse Knutson (@JesseKnutsonNC5) August 23, 2018
My Grandfather, Ed King, passed away last night. He lived one hell of a life and he left behind a lot of people who cared for him including my father. It truly was a blessing to have had the chance to spend time with him a little over a year ago. #Edking pic.twitter.com/JTMfGGw0cd— Kirsten King💕 (@kirstenkayyyy) August 23, 2018
Remembering the one and only Mr. “Sweet Home Alabama”, Ed King. Very sad to hear of his passing. His work with Strawberry Alarm Clock and ofcourse Lynyrd Skynyrd will forever be remembered. pic.twitter.com/VQ86DvxBvz— Black Stone Cherry (@BlkStoneCherry) August 23, 2018
Farewell to Ed King, the former member of Lynyrd Skynyrd who wrote the opening riff to “Sweet Home Alabama.” He also was a member of the Strawberry Alarm Clock, who had one of the great psych-pop singles with “Incense and Peppermints.” https://t.co/Oo5E9tpwOu— Stephen Thomas Erlewine (@sterlewine) August 23, 2018
"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."