Reception. [17][6], Lake joined his first band, Unit Four, playing cover songs as their singer and guitarist. [10] Strike taught him "these awful Bert Weedon things", reading musical notation exercises with violin pieces by Niccolò Paganini, and playing 1930s pop tunes, the latter of which became an influence on Lake at the time. 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We didn’t even set out to form a band, but the album took off, so we went on tour."[46]. His manager told the BBC he had recently had “a long and stubborn battle with cancer”; the news comes nine months after the death of his bandmate, Keith Emerson. [52] It was the final performance by the group. [18] Following a brief stint in the Shy Limbs, by 1968 Lake was involved with the Gods, based in Hatfield, which he described as "a very poor training college",[19][14] but the group secured a residency at the Marquee Club in London. Lake used this time to focus on his family life, travel, and write and release music. He befriended eventual King Crimson leader Robert Fripp, who played guitar and lived nearby, and sought out opportunities to play music. © Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Certainly the early albums … I’m talking now especially about Tarkus, Trilogy and Brain Salad Surgery. Mercoledì 7 dicembre è morto Greg Lake, musicista e cantante noto soprattutto per essere stato tra i fondatori di due famosissimi gruppi progressive rock, i King Crimson e gli Emerson Lake & Palmer.Lake aveva 69 anni ed è morto di cancro. I was pressured into writing songs that the record company thought radio programmers wanted to hear. “You don’t make an omelet without cracking eggs. There were some nice ballads, but the record lacked the pure vision that a hit album needs to succeed. [41][42] The debut concert for the tour of the album took place in August 1981 at the Reading Festival, with bandmates Gary Moore on guitar, Ted McKenna on drums, Tommy Eyre on keyboards, and Tristram Margetts on bass. He went on to release three solo albums with his Greg Lake Band with guitarist Gary Moore, recorded 1981 through 1983 (two studio albums, one live album), as well as collaborating and performing with other artists and with various groups in the 1980s, had occasional ELP reunions in the 1990s and in 2010, and toured regularly as a solo artist into the 21st century. [29], Emerson, Lake & Palmer conflicted between Emerson's interest in complex, classically-influenced music and Lake's more straightforward rock tastes. [29] Lake later lived in the Kingston and Richmond areas of Greater London with his wife Regina. Born and raised in Dorset, Lake began to play the guitar at the age of 12 and wrote his first song, "Lucky Man", at the same age. The tour ended in December of that year[36] and produced the live albums, Songs of a Lifetime (2013) and "Live in Piacenza" (2017). He went on to release three solo albums with his Greg Lake Band with guitarist Gary Moore, … Hot Press. Lake became known for performing on a Persian carpet on stage, which originally sold for £1,500 and, by 1976, had increased its value to £7,000. When you try and search for an alternative identity, it’s difficult. [35] By then the band were tax exiles and relocated to Switzerland, France, Canada and the Bahamas as they were restricted to two months' stay in England a year. [18] He then became a member of the Shame, where he is featured on their single, "Don't Go Away Little Girl", written by Janis Ian. [37][38][39], In 1975, while still a member of ELP, Lake achieved solo chart success when his single, "I Believe in Father Christmas", reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. [35] One of them, "C'est la Vie", was released as a single. [13] He named his mother, a pianist, as his initial musical influence and she bought Lake a second hand guitar to learn on. [47] The tour was sponsored by UK entertainer and long-term ELP fan, Jim Davidson. Those records were really great and innovative. I really wanted to get out on my own at that stage, and I wanted these songs recorded – they weren’t suitable for Greg... so I set up a deal with Virgin, and went in and did 'Corridors Of Power'. Il mondo del progressive rock ha appena perso un altro personaggio fondamentale. [51] The concert was released on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray as High Voltage. Approfondisci: Scheda artista Tour&Concerti Testi. [23][24] This marked Lake's first time playing the instrument as he had primarily been a guitarist for the previous eleven years. [17] He then took up work loading and unloading cargo at the Poole docks,[17] and as a draughtsman for a short period. There were members of the press that didn’t love us, but the public loved us.”. The two musicians had similar musical aesthetics and formed a new group, recruiting Palmer, who had played with the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster, to join them. 1969, Dorchester, sud dell'Inghilterra: il 22enne Gregory Stuart Lake lavora come disegnatore progettista nella cittadina costiera del Dorset. Consequently, Lake and Fripp decided to just play tunes from their guitar lessons that Strike had taught them. [29], Several months following the break-up of ELP in 1979, Lake began to write new songs and had "put down a tremendous amount of material" for his first solo album. We actually ended up enjoying ourselves". They found good rapport with drummer Cozy Powell, and recorded their eponymous album Emerson, Lake & Powell with him. All’età di 69 anni si è spento Greg Lake, colui che è stato l’anima degli Emerson, Lake and Palmer, trio di rock progressivo formatosi in Gran Bretagna nel 1970.. A darne la notizia è stato il manager Stewart Young che ha così scritto: “Ieri, 7 dicembre, ho perso il mio migliore amico dopo una lunga e ostinata battaglia contro il cancro. Di lui vogliamo parlare. We want to hear from you! The group reformed for a number of years in the mid-1990s and released two albums, Black Moon in 1992 and In The Hot Seat in 1994, before permanently disbanding except for a forty-year anniversary one-off gig in 2010 at London's High Voltage Festival. Once you’ve been in a band like ELP, if you try a solo career you can do it, but the public voted 'You’re part of ELP. Lake believed that making a connection with listeners was more important than material success. [21], Fripp formed King Crimson[22] since his previous group, Giles, Giles and Fripp was not commercially successful, and their record company suggested getting a proper lead singer. O’Mahony, Paul (4 April 2019). [10] At the age of 12, he first learned to play the guitar and wrote his first song, "Lucky Man",[11][12] which he didn't write down, simply committing it to memory. Gregory Stuart "Greg" Lake (Poole, 10 de novembro de 1947 – Dorset, 7 de dezembro de 2016) foi um músico inglês, membro fundador dos King Crimson e dos Emerson, Lake & Palmer. As a lyricist and vocalist, Lake helped define prog rock’s flair for introspection with a dash of fantasy. [33] In November 1977, the band released Works Volume 2. Sign up for our newsletter. Gregory Stuart Lake (10 November 1947 – 7 December 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, bassist, guitarist and record producer. Greg è morto il 7 dicembre dopo una lunga battaglia contro il cancro. It has become a Yuletide perennial. Greg Lake (King Crimson, ELP) è morto Lake, chitarrista, bassista e cantante, ha esordito nel 1969 con il primo album dei King Crimson , considerato un capolavoro del progressive e della musica moderna. Whether playing bass or guitar, as he often did with Emerson, Lake and Palmer, he wrote in a way that allowed for his bandmates to build vast, intricate soundscapes. Pilato, Bruce (1997). We wanted to try and move things forward and do something new and break boundaries. Greg Lake, From The Underground: [16] The result, Greg Lake, was released in September 1981 on Chrysalis Records, and reached number 62 in both the UK and the US. They were an near-instant hit. He became a full-time musician at 17, playing in several rock bands until his friend and fellow Dorset guitarist Robert Fripp invited him to join King Crimson as lead singer and bassist. [26], King Crimson supported In the Court of the Crimson King with a tour of the UK and the US, with some of the shows featuring rock band the Nice as the opening act. Soprattutto con Greg Lake e Carl Palmer, con cui il tastierista aveva fondato gli EL&P. The group recorded the album in Anaheim, California in 1974; its title referencing lyrics in the Brain Salad Surgery track “Karn Evil 9.”, “I think there is truth in the fact that the group was pretentious,” he told Rolling Stone in 2013. Famoso per essere stato membro e cofondatore dei gruppi rock progressivo King Crimson e Emerson, Lake & Palmer , è probabilmente tra i musicisti più influenti del panorama del progressive degli anni settanta . [14] During his stay in Carlisle for a gig, Lake contracted pneumonia and continued to perform on stage. [33] That July, Lake joined Emerson and Palmer for a one-off gig from Emerson, Lake & Palmer at the High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, to commemorate the band's fortieth anniversary. He died on 7 December 2016 in London, of pancreatic cancer, at the age of 69. He released a final solo album, Ride the Tiger, in 2015. Marc Loren has given Greg Lake a retrospective rating of three stars out of five on AllMusic. The band split in 1979 following the unsuccessful album Love Beach, an album the group were contractually obliged to record. When we got home I was nearly dead ... That was probably the worst I went through". Gregory Stuart Lake (Poole, 10 novembre 1947 – Londra, 7 dicembre 2016) è stato un cantante, bassista, chitarrista e produttore discografico britannico. They found commercial success with their influential debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King (1969). Lake left the band in 1970 and achieved significant success in the 1970s and beyond as the singer, guitarist, bassist, and producer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP). "ELP, They're All Absolutely Shattered!". [35][36] In March 1977, the band released Works Volume 1, a double album, with each member of the group getting one side of an album for his solo music, and the fourth side for the group to work together. Lake called the album the "beginning of the end" of the band, as he no longer produced their future albums, neither of which were a "really innovative record". [17] Fripp was asked to be a roadie for a gig at Ventnor, Isle of Wight, but no audience turned up. [43], Lake's second solo album Manoeuvres was released in July 1983. [4] His manager announced the news on Twitter, describing Lake's battle with the illness as "long and stubborn". “It’s more important to make some spiritual human contact, or visit someone lonely,” The Guardian quoted him as saying. While on tour with King Crimson, Lake befriended Emerson, then a keyboardist of their tourmates the Nice. Greg Lake si è spento all’età di 69 anni, colui che si è fatto conoscere da un pubblico più vasto col gruppo Emerson Lake & Palmer (ELP), formato con Carl Palmer ed Keith Emerson morto suicida a Marzo, ma che ha portato avanti una carriera all’insegna dell’eclettismo, componendo anche una … From The Beginning: The Greg Lake Retrospective (1997). As a member of ELP, Lake wrote and recorded several popular songs including "Lucky Man" and "From the Beginning". [50], In 2010, Lake and Emerson completed an acoustic world tour, performing ELP songs. In a 1997 interview, he explained his decision: "It was a weird time for me, and for the music business. Greg Lake morto, dopo Emerson se ne va anche la voce degli Elp. Un timbro caldo e rotondo, estremamente evocativo, capace di innalzare il valore di qualsiasi canzone interpretasse. He also sponsored other artists, producing their recordings and helped them to get recording contracts. I was lost in a way. Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Greg Lake, Obituary. He passed after … The ambitious Tarkus, their second album – a deft and grandiose fusion of classical and rock – was a Number One album in the U.K. in 1971. It was kind of a gift". Greg Lake's decision to disband the Greg Lake Band and leave the music business in 1983. In This Article: [9] He later described his upbringing as a happy one. "The Greg Lake Retrospective: From The Beginning" (1997) two-CD set, 36 page booklet with interview and images. As Greg sang at the end of Pictures at an Exhibition, ‘death is life.’ His music can now live forever in the hearts of all who loved him.”. But the shows were not a sell-out, the US leg was cancelled, and the two men then fell out. [19][20], In the 1960s, Lake formed a friendship with future King Crimson co-founder and guitarist Robert Fripp, who was also from Dorset and had also received lessons from Don Strike,[14][15] and saw Lake perform in Unit Four in Poole. Having lost Keith this year as well has made this particularly hard for all of us. The seeds of King Crimson were also formed in 1967 and Lake joined in 1968. Their sole LP, Emerson, Lake and Powell, was a hit, making it up to Number 23 in the U.S. Palmer came back, and the original trio continued through much of the Nineties, with a reunion in 2010. Lake wished to continue touring, but claimed his bandmates "didn't want to", thus ending such plans.[33]. Afterward, the council moved the Lakes to a nearby council-owned cottage where Greg’s parents continued to live until Greg bought them a small bungalow in the 1970s. 1’ . [6], Lake discovered rock and roll in 1957 when he bought Little Richard's "Lucille". He sang with clarity and confidence, making his voice a singular force among his and his fellow musicians’ experimentation. Sapevo che GREG LAKE non stava bene, non aver partecipato ai funerali dello stesso KEITH EMERSON nel marzo scorso fu sintomatico, ma non sapevo stesse così male. The tour got off to a bad start following a backstage altercation between the two, but "we completed the tour and it was very happy. [16] A concert at the Hammersmith Odeon during the tour in 1981, broadcast live on the King Biscuit Flower Hour, was released as a live album in 1995. Greg Lake with his mother “Pearl” Lake in their home in Poole, Dorset in 1948. Lake wrote five acoustic songs with lyrical assistance from Sinfield, with a conscious effort not to record "just ballads" and attempt a wider variety of musical styles. Subsequently, Emerson and Lake regrouped in the mid-Eighties, but with drummer Cozy Powell instead of Palmer, who was playing with Asia. “Greg’s soaring voice and skill as a musician will be remembered by all who knew his music and recordings he made with ELP and King Crimson. Greg Lake was born in Bournemouth, England on November 10th, 1947. "[44] He gave further insight in 2011: "It was great to be the rhythm guitar player in that line-up. Greg Lake, in morte di una leggenda del prog-rock . [6][7] Speaking about his childhood, Lake said he was "born in an asbestos prefab housing unit" into a "very poor" family, and remembered several cold winters at home,[8] but credits his parents for sending him money and food during his time as a struggling musician. He disbanded the Greg Lake Band soon after completing it, without promoting or touring the album, and split with his record company. [25] Released in October 1969, the album was an immediate commercial and critical success, as Lake recalled: "There was this huge wave of response. He was 69. Then the ‘New York Post’ Shamed Her, Samsung’s Throwing a Massive Sale on Amazon and Everyone is Buying Up These $99 Earbuds, Broadway Stars Release ‘Georgia on My Mind’ Video for Runoff Elections, Noah Cyrus Pines for ‘Someone Good’ in Sultry ‘All Three’ Video, Chester Bennington’s Ex-Wife Samantha Details Singer’s Struggles in Book Excerpt, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Plan New Year’s Eve Concert Stream, The Hives Will Wake Up Super Early for Virtual ‘World Tour’. I have fond memories of those great years we had in the 1970s and many memorable shows we performed together. For a long while, I was kind of lost and would try different things. [26] Lake began with a Fender bass before he switched to a Gibson Ripper. In The Court, co-prodotto da Greg Lake Greg Lake, in morte di una leggenda del prog-rock Greg Lake, scomparso nella giornata di ieri, mercoledì 7 dicembre, resterà alla storia come uno dei nomi di punta della musica prog-rock. Greg Lake, a singer and multi-instrumentalist who helped propel prog rock into the mainstream as a member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and King Crimson, died Tuesday. Lake served as sole producer for most of the group’s works, which sold more than 48 million albums, according to the BBC. He has described it as a "powerful and enjoyable album", which contains "well written songs and some sizzling guitar work by … Lake left the group after the tour, having joined as a favor for the Japanese concerts only. From the Underground II - Deeper into the Mine: An Official Greg Lake Bootleg (2003), released 12 December 2003. It made it up to Number 63 on the U.S. chart and its follow-up, 1983’s Manoeuvers, which also featured Moore, did not make the Top 200. Greg Lake was born on 10 November 1947 in the Parkstone area of Poole in Dorset, to Harry, an engineer, and Pearl, a housewife. [14] Lake then decided to become a full-time musician at the age of 17. [14][15] Lake's second guitar was a pink Fender Stratocaster. Greg Lake aveva 69 anni e, dopo alcune sperienze minori con band come Shame, Shy Limbs e Gods, aveva fatto parte della prima formazione dei King Crimson. I did some demos after the U.S. tour with Greg to see what would happen, and I got a deal with Atlantic. [26] During the US leg, Lake struck up a friendship with Nice keyboardist Keith Emerson; the two shared similar musical interests and talked about the benefits of forming a new group. [14] Though Peter Sinfield was the band's lyricist, Lake had some involvement in the lyrics for their debut album In the Court of the Crimson King. [33] It was released as a single, and reached number 39 in the US.[34]. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. The group played its first concert the following April and Lake sang lead vocals and played bass on their debut, 1969’s groundbreaking In the Court of the Crimson King – which Pete Townshend called “an uncanny masterpiece,” according to The Guardian – and its follow-up, 1970’s In the Wake of Poseidon. Lake launched a solo career, beginning with his 1975 single "I Believe in Father Christmas" which reached number two in the UK. King Crimson singer-bassist remembered as prog rock pioneer. Emerson, Lake and Palmer made their live debut in 1970, releasing their self-titled debut that same year. It was important for us to be original. He gained prominence as a founding member of the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP). Carl Palmer». He chose Lake for this role, but asked him to play bass instead of guitar to avoid having to get a bass player in the group. Their keyboardist Ken Hensley later said that Lake "was far too talented to be kept in the background". [28], In April 1970, Lake left King Crimson and reunited with Emerson, along with drummer Carl Palmer of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster, to form the progressive rock supergroup, Emerson, Lake & Palmer. 'Wonder Woman 1984': A Superhero Takes on Greed, Misogyny, Shoulder Pads, An EMT Joined OnlyFans to Make Ends Meet. E in dicembre la notizia della morte di Greg Lake, stroncato da un cancro. [9] Lake then took guitar lessons from Don Strike, who had a shop in Westbourne. Gordon Haskell, ex cantante e bassista nei King Crimson, è morto a 74 anni. [49] He was a special guest on their album Night Castle (2009). [9] After roughly one year with Strike, Lake ended his tuition as he wished to learn songs by the Shadows, a favourite band of his, but Strike "wouldn't have any of it". Keith Emerson, 71, English progressive rock and rock keyboardist (The Nice, Emerson, Lake & Palmer), suicide by gunshot In 1974, Emerson, Lake & Palmer took a break in activity. Greg Lake was born in Bournemouth, England on November 10th, 1947. Greg Lake vocalist and bass player in the rock group Emerson Lake & Palmer (Image: Rex Features). [37], In 2001, Lake toured as a member of the seventh incarnation of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. In 2006, Lake played as a member of the supergroup the RD Crusaders in aid for charity. "[45] Adding to the decision, lead guitarist Gary Moore had written solo material that brought him a recording contract: "I was working with Greg Lake for two years during ’81 and ’82 and we did two albums. [53], Lake spent several years writing his autobiography Lucky Man, originally planned to be published in 2012 but eventually released posthumously in June 2017. [16], Lake attended Oakdale Junior School followed by Henry Harbin Secondary Modern School,[6] and left the latter in 1963 or 1964. “It is with great sadness that I must now say goodbye to my friend and fellow bandmate, Greg Lake,” Carl Palmer wrote in a statement. [20] Lake left the group in 1968 over creative differences as the band were to enter the recording studio. The group's usual bassist Pino Palladino was touring at the time of recording, and Lake was asked to play bass.[33]. Partendo da un aut-aut. It was fun, but also a bit here, there and everywhere. Si Keith Emerson se quitó la vida el pasado marzo; este 7 de diciembre, Greg Lake, quien fue la voz también de los primeros King Crimson, ha muerto a los 69 años de edad a causa de un cáncer. Gary Moore interview re-print. [58] With Lake's death and that of Keith Emerson earlier in 2016, Palmer is the last surviving member of the group.[58]. È morto a 69 anni Greg Lake, cantante di grandi gruppi del rock progressivo degli anni '70, come King Crimson ed Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Gary is a fabulous player, and the bass was covered properly. [5], In 2003, Lake played bass on The Who song "Real Good Looking Boy". Lake agreed and spent six weeks learning Asia's songs, culminating in his performance in the "Asia in Asia" concert at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, 6 December 1983, the first concert broadcast over satellite to MTV in the United States, and later made into a home video. Regina Lake is the wife of English rock legend, Greg Lake –know as a member of the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Each of the albums they put out in the Seventies – including their landmark Brain Salad Surgery – went gold in the U.S., and several charted in the Top 10 of Billboard’s album chart. The Official Bootleg (1998). In 1986, he and Keith Emerson decided to re-form Emerson, Lake & Palmer to record another album. Want more Rolling Stone? Greg Lake aveva solo 69 anni e ha ceduto alla morte a causa di un cancro che, negli ultimi tempi, aveva indebolito la sua fragile vita. [30] Emerson, Lake & Palmer became one of the most successful groups in the 1970s.