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.