Ed King died, former member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and coauthor of “Sweet Home Alabama”

Ed King
Ed King

Guitarist Ed King, former member of the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd and one of the composers of the famous song “Sweet Home Alabama”, has died at the age of 68, according to a statement published today on his official Facebook profile.

“It is with great pain that we announce the death of Ed King, who died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 22. We thank his many friends and followers for their love and support of Ed during his life and career,” explains the note. 

Although he began his career in the band Strawberry Alarm Clock, Ed King was known mainly for being one of the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, a group that, together with The Allman Brothers Band, became the maximum representative of southern rock.

Emerged in the 70s, this intense and passionate genre united rock with blues, country and soul, was carried away by long instrumental improvisations, and its musicians constantly showed their pride for belonging to the south of the country.

King joined in 1972 to Lynyrd Skynyrd, band led by Ronnie Van Zant and formed in Florida.

The guitarist arrived in time to record the band’s first popular album, “Pronounced ‘Leh-‘nérd’ Skin-‘nérd” (1973), which included Southern rock anthems like “Free Bird.”

King joined in 1972 to Lynyrd Skynyrd, band led by Ronnie Van Zant and formed in Florida.

The guitarist arrived in time to record the band’s first popular album, “Pronounced ‘Leh-‘nérd’ Skin-‘nérd” (1973), which included Southern rock anthems like “Free Bird.”

“Sweet Home Alabama” was a response to the themes of Neil Young “Southern Man” and “Alabama” in which the Canadian criticized the stereotypes and the history of the south of the country.

King is the one who says “one, two, three” (before one, two, three) before the famous guitar phrasing of “Sweet Home Alabama” begins.

The musician left Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1975 but returned to be part of the group between 1987 and 1996.


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