Ed & Me


Ed King was part of the legendary ORIGINAL 3 guitar front line of Lynyrd Skynyrd. (that's him doing the opening riffs to "Sweet Home Alabama").

He was also the lead guitar player for the 60s Rock group The Strawberry Alarm Clock (that's him doing the fuzztone guitar solo in their big hit "Incense and Peppermints").

Ed sat down with me and told me some great RocknRoll stories, and one of my favorites came from the show The Strawberry Alarm Clock played with Jimi on August 19, 1967, at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara California.


"You wanted to know if I had any memories of Jimi ... YES. After we played our set at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA in '67...I went back to the dressing room and sat on the floor.  I was really stoned at the time, as I recall.  Jimi had ONE roadie to drive the van, set up the  equip., collect the money, run errands, etc.  ONE GUY.  So Jimi walks in the room with his guitar, sets it down and proceeds to change his strings.  Just then his roadie came in with a CASE of Snickers bars.  Ripped the case open and Jimi started downing them...each bar took TWO bites.  There were 24 in the case and he easily ate more than half.  He was about 10 feet away and I was quite entertained, I assure you."

Ed King teaches my son, Chad, a few new riffs on his 18th birthday!

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