Ed King is dead. The former guitarist of US rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd and coauthor of hit Sweet Home Alabama died at age of 68 years at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, it was said on his Facebook page. No furr information has been provided. According to US media, King was already suffering from lung cancer a long time ago.
King was 1972 to Lynyrd Skynyrd and was involved in her first three albums until he left band three years later. In 1977, singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines died in a plane crash and band dissolved. During reunification of group in 80 's, King rejoined, before he calmed down in late 1990s because of heart problems.
At Sweet Home Alabama, King wrote toger with guitarist Gary Roslington, who is only founding member until today to be part of band. The text was written by singer Ronnie Van Zant. The song reached 8th place in US Billboardcharts and since n has gained furr notoriety, for example through use of numerous films.
The song was a response to songs by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, who in titles such as Sourn Man and Alabama discussed racial segregation and slavery in sourn states. Lynyrd Skynyrd felt Young's portrayal as one-sided and wanted to highlight positive sides of sourn states with Sweet Home Alabama.Updated Date: 24 August 2018, 12:00