Ed King started with the Strawberry Alarm Clock, but was best known as one of the three lead guitarists for Lynyrd Skynyrd (along with Allen Collins and Gary Rossington) – though he left after fights with Ronnie, claiming he was just a California hippie. Here is a song that Ed wrote, and plays lead guitar:
In 1970 the Strawberry Alarm Clock appeared in the Russ Meyer cult classic film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. By this time the band’s audience had mostly disappeared. They kept performing for some time, touring the South in 1970 and 1971 with Florida band Lynyrd Skynyrd opening for them. In the latter part of 1971, the group, now without a record label and in conflict over musical direction, opted to disband, with King deciding to relocate to the South and Gunnels joining the backup band for the Everly Brothers, alongside Waddy Wachtel and Warren Zevon. King was invited to join Lynyrd Skynyrd in November 1972 and accepted, becoming a member of that band from 1972 to 1975, then again from 1987 to 1996.