Strawberry Alarm Clock is a veteran psychedelic/acid rock band from Los Angeles that became famous during the late 1960s. Formed in 1967 from members of Thee Sixpence and other local area bands, the band's original lineup consisted of George Bunnell (bass, rhythm guitars, vocals), Gary Lovetro (bass), Randy Seol (drums, vibes, percussion, vocals), Mark Weitz (keyboards, vocals), rhythm guitarist Lee Freeman (November 8, 1949 - February 14, 2010), and lead guitarist/bassist Ed King (September 14, 1949 - August 22, 2018), with many personnel changes along the way. Other early members included Steve Bartek (flute, guitar, producer), Gene Gunnels (drums, percussion, vocals), and then-16-year-old Greg Munford of the LA-based Shapes of Sound who provided lead vocals on the era-defining psychedelic classic, "Incense And Peppermints" (1967).
Strawberry Alarm Clock debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1967 with "Incense And Peppermints," which topped the charts and became the band's best known song. This smash was followed later that year by the trippy "Tomorrow," which features a memorable echoing fadeout ending. Other hits included "Sit With The Guru" (1968), "Barefoot In Baltimore" (1968), and "Sea Shell" (1968). Strawberry Alarm Clock had its final chart entry in 1969 with a cover of Oliver's "Good Morning Starshine."
After disbanding in 1971, Strawberry Alarm Clock reunited a number of times over the years before reforming on a more permanent basis in 1982. Since then, the band has been performing and recording actively, with the current lineup consisting of five original and early members - Steve Bartek, George Bunnell, Gene Gunnels, Randy Seol, and Mark Weitz - plus lead guitarist Howie Anderson. Original lead guitarist Ed King joined Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972-1975 and again from 1987-1996. In addition to co-writing many Strawberry Alarm Clock hits, he was also a co-writer of the 1974 smash, "Sweet Home Alabama," and other Lynyrd Skynyrd classics. In 2007, he reunited with Strawberry Alarm Clock for a performance at a Roger Ebert film festival in Champaign, Illinois.
- For more info about Strawberry Alarm Clock and the band's current projects, visit strawberryalarmclock.com.
- Psychedelicsight.com remembers Ed King of Strawberry Alarm Clock and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
- The Los Angeles Times remembers Strawberry Alarm Clock guitarist Lee Freeman.
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- Barefoot In Baltimore 1968
- Good Morning Starshine 1969
(This song also became a hit for Oliver (1969).)
- Incense And Peppermints 1967
(This song topped the charts.)
- Sit With The Guru 1968
- Tomorrow 1967
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