Ed King succumbed to cancer on August 22 at the age of 69.
He joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1972 and played guitar on their first three albums. He also co-wrote classics like "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Saturday Night Special". When the band reformed in the mid-80s, Ed returned and remained a member until health issues forced him off the road in the mid-90s.
In 2008, he received writing credit when Kid Rock sampled "Sweet Home Alabama" on his Top 40 hit "All Summer Long".
Prior to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ed reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 when he co-founded this psychedelic rock band in the 60s. The first of two Top 40 hits topped the charts on November 25, 1967 for one week, and featured Ed on lead guitar.