R.I.P. Greg Lake

ELP/King Crimson star dead at 69

ELP Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Prog progenitor Greg Lake has died at 69.

Lake, who rose to fame in the 1970s with Emerson, Lake and Palmer, was also a founding member of King Crimson, whose 1969 album In the Court of the Crimson King is regarded as a cornerstone of progressive rock. With his ELP bandmates Carl Palmer and Keith Emerson – who also died earlier this year – Lake became a superstar as his band had five British Top 40 albums and seven US gold records, including a triple live set, 1974’s Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends … Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson Lake & Palmer that peaked at #5 in the UK. After the break up of ELP, Lake performed with Asia and a revised version of ELP (with the late Cozy Powell on drums). He was also responsible for the 1975 British Christmas hit “I Believe in Father Christmas”.

Greg Lake succumbed to cancer on December 7.