Emerson, Lake and Palmer founder dies at 69
Greg Lake, along with Robert Fripp, also started the band King Crimson.
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