Over the past couple of years the rock community has lost its fair share of talent. David Bowie, Lemmy Kilmister, Malcom Young, Vinnie Paul, and Tom Petty are no longer with us. Unfortunately, we lost another rock-n-roll legend a couple of days ago (August 22nd.)

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King passed away at the age of 68 in Nashville. Before joining the most renowned southern rock band of all time, Kind founded the psychedelic rock band – Strawberry Alarm Clock.

They might not have been a popular as Skynyrd, but they did score a #1 hit back in the day with “Incense and Peppermints.” Eventually, after musically flirting with the band for a few years, he became an official member of Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1972. His most well known contribution to the group was writing the main guitar riff in “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Leaving the world having written the most recognizable guitar riff of all time is no easy feat. Rest easy Ed, you’ll be missed. You can catch Lynyrd Skynyrd playing the Xcel Energy Center on October 5th on their farewell tour. You can get a ticket online now for as cheap as $53.

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