Strawberry Alarm Clock was a psychedelic band of the mid-'60s,
reaching the top of the charts with "Incense and
Peppermints" at the height of the flower power era.
"Ed King with The Strawberry Alarm Clock 1967." Originally
called the Sixpence, the Californian group consisted of Ed King
(lead guitar), Lee Freeman (rhythm guitar), Gary Lovetro (bass), Mark
Weitz (organ), and Randy Seol (drums).
On the band's debut single, "Incense and Peppermints,"
lead vocals were sung by Greg Munford, a 16-year-old friend of the
band. Before recording their full-length debut album, the band added
George Bunnell, who also played bass; more importantly, Bunnell
became the group's main songwriter.
In the summer of 1967, The Strawberry Alarm Clock contributed
music to the film Psych-Out, as well as appearing in it. Gary Lovetro
left the band before they recorded their second album, Wake Up It's
Tomorrow, which also appeared in 1967. Between 1968's The World in a
"Sea Shell" album was SUCH A PIECE OF SHIT!!! The producer
went out and got these real wimpy songs for us to record. Man...it
was an AWFUL TIME!!!!" "Ed" and 1969's
Good Morning Starshine the band went through a number of lineup
changes; as of Good Morning Starshine the band featured King on bass,
Weitz, guitarist Jimmy Pitman, and drummer Gene Gunnels.
By this time, The Strawberry Alarm Clock had lost much of its
audience. They managed to keep performing until 1971, when the band
finally broke up. Ed King went on to join Lynyrd Skynyrd; several of
the former members of Strawberry Alarm Clock reunited in the '80s to
perform on oldies tours.
Incense And Peppermints; 1967
Wake Up , It's Tomorrow; 1967
The World In A Seashell; 1968
Good Morning Starshine; 1969
Strawberries Mean Love; 1987