Ed King, the Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist who co-wrote ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ died on Wednesday. He was 68. His family announced on Facebook:
“It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Ed King who died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on August 22nd, 2018.
We thank his many friends and fans for their love and support of Ed during his life and career.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member played guitar for Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 to 1975 and from 1987 to 1996. The year after King left the band in 1975, he was replaced by Steve Gaines. Gaines and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant were among the band members killed in a 1977 plane crash. King left the band again in 1996 due to congestive heart failure.
The hit song “Sweet Home Alabama” reached #8 on U.S. charts in 1974. The song, written in answer to Neil Young’s ‘Southern Man,’ is widely considered an anthem of the American South. It is included in ‘Rolling Stone Magazine’s’ list, “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” The rock and roller had been battling lung cancer. His cause of death has not yet been announced.