Greg Lake, legendary prog rock-and-roll bassist, dies aged 69

Though he made his appoint with King Crimson and Emerson, Lake& amp; Palmer, Lake also wrote one of the most enduring Christmas hits

Greg Lake, one of its most important digits in the prog rock boom of the 1970 s, has died at the age of 69. In the following statement posted to Lakes Facebook page, his manager, Stewart Young, suggested: Yesterday, 7 December, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer. Greg Lake will stay in my middle forever, as he has always been. His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief.

Though best known as a third of the prog supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Lake firstly came to renown as a founder member of King Crimson, singing and playing bass. He had worked with King Crimsons governor, Robert Fripp, on unsuccessful projections such as the Shy Limbs, but King Crimsons introduction album, In the Court of the Crimson King, proved to be a landmark in the emerging progressive mode, contacting N0 5 in the UK and No 28 in the US after its freeing in 1969. Reviews, though, were mixed the legendary US critic Robert Christgau announced it ersatz shit.

Nevertheless, its honour developed until “its been” regarded as an undisputed classic, with Pete Townshend of the Who announcing it an uncanny masterpiece. Its standout chant, 21 st Century Schizoid Man, became a norm for musicians captivated just as much by its appreciation of rage as its technical virtuosity.

Although Lake is available on King Crimsons second book, “youve already” left the group to ascertained ELP, alongside keyboard player Keith Emerson of the Nice and drummer Carl Palmer of Atomic Rooster. The group were an instant success, their first five studio albums all reaching the Top 1o in the UK, and their first seven extending gold in the US.

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Emerson, Lake& Palmer in the 70 s: Carl Palmer, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. Photo: Mazel/ Sunshine/ Rex/ Shutterstock

They also gained a reputation for their dazzling live actions, who the hell is enormously expensive to mount We had 100 street managers at one point, so you can see the costs, Lake told Melody Maker in 1974 but captivated massive gatherings. They were also reflected in an extravagant live album their 1974 release Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson Lake& Palmer was a triple book, but it still disappeared Top 5 on both sides of the Atlantic.

To non-prog fans, though, Lake was best known as the manufacturer of one of the UKs most enduring Christmas ten-strikes. I Conceive in Father Christmas contacted No 2 in 1975. Lake spoke to the Guardian about the hymn last-place month, for the purposes of an section about Christmas songs to be published next week. When Pete Sinfield and I wrote I Feel In Father Christmas, it was about how Christmas had degenerated and was in danger of becoming yet another martyr of crass corporate financial exploitation, he announced.

As much as I adoration everyone having a good time, its about more than 12 beers of lager and a container of Baileys. Its more important to clear some spiritual human contact, or call someone lonely. We never had any commercial-grade or financial purposes, but of course , now everyone wants to know how it feels to receive all the charming royalties, which are apparently delivered by wheelbarrow by Santa himself, after a long epoch climbing down everybodys chimneys.

Emerson, Lake and Palmers reputation was damaged by the punk blowup of the late 70 s, and they broke up in 1979. Lake had an unsettled 1980 s musically, playing briefly with another supergroup of prog graduates, Asia, and modelling a brand-new ELP Emerson, Lake and Powell, with Cozy Powell superseding Palmer. Lake worked as a solo master, very, before the original ELP reunited in 1991 on an on-again, off-again basis.

Though they never recaptured anything like their original popularity, the swings and roundabouts of stone heritage meant that their final gig, in 2010, was something of a return to the magnificence periods, as they headlined the High Voltage festival in London.

Lakes bandmate Keith Emerson croaked earlier his year.

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