Ed King and Steve Gaines share their birthday today (both the date and the year) which is pretty freaky when you think about it. Ed King was guitarist with Strawberry Alarm Clock. In 1968 Lynyrd Skynyrd opened their show for them on tour. In 1972 Ed King joined Lynyrd Skynyrd and he helped write “Sweet Home Alabama” and he provided the signature opening riff.
King left the band in 1975 and was replaced by Steve Gaines, the guy with the same birthday. In 1977 Steve, his sister Cassie and Ronnie Van Zant were tragically killed in a plane crash.
In 1987 Ed King was instrumental in reuniting the band and stayed with them until 1996 when he had to take a break for heart treatment. The man who counts in the original recording linked below is Ed King. Happy Birthday.