Emer­son, Lake and Palmer founder dies at 69

Greg Lake, along with Robert Fripp, also started the band King Crim­son.

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD - By Jill Law­less

lon­don» Mu­si­cian Greg Lake co-founded King Crim­son and Emer­son, Lake and Palmer — bands that helped de­fine the sprawl­ing, in­flu­en­tial but of­ten-ma­ligned genre known as pro­gres­sive rock.

Lake, who died Wed­nes­day of can­cer at 69, was in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing clas­si­cal in­flu­ences, epic length, mythic scope and 1970s ex­cess into rock ’n’ roll, win­ning mil­lions of fans.

Born in the south­ern English sea­side town of Poole in 1947, Lake founded King Crim­son with gui­tarist Robert Fripp in the late 1960s. He went on to form ELP with key­boardist Keith Emer­son and drum­mer Carl Palmer. The band re­leased six plat­inum-sell­ing al­bums char­ac­ter­ized by songs of epic length, clas­si­cal in­flu­ence and or­nate im­agery, and toured with elab­o­rate light shows and stag­ing.

One al­bum was a live in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Rus­sian com­poser Mod­est Mus­sorgsky’s “Pic­tures at an Ex­hi­bi­tion.” It reached the top 10 in Bri­tain and the United States. Another, “Tarkus,” con­tains a 20minute track telling the story of the tit­u­lar crea­ture, a mythic ar­madillo-tank.

A 1973 ELP al­bum in­cluded a nearly 30-minute com­po­si­tion called “Karn Evil 9” that fea­tured a Moog syn­the­sizer and the eerie, car­ni­val-like lyric: “Wel­come back my friends, to the show that never ends.”

The three mem­bers of the rock band Emer­son, Lake and Palmer were, from left, Greg Lake, Keith Emer­son and Carl Palmer. As­so­ci­ated Press file

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