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LAKE, Gregory ("Greg") Stuart

Greg Lake
was born on: 
Mon, 10/11/1947
Bournemouth, UK
and died on: 
Wed, 07/12/2016

It is difficult to overstate the influence of a tiny number of English musicians from the late 1960s and early 1070s. To some they were the embodiment of genius, to others the face of pretentious and pompous musical posturing. But the progressive rock movement has shaped a significant proportion of the music that is today regarded as new.

King Crimson were bordering on the avant guarde when Greg Lake spent time with them. Teaming up with Keith Emerson (who had a penchant for attacking his Hammond Organ with large knives to create distortion) and drummer Carl Palmer to form the mighty Emerson, Lake and Palmer. There were three people but an ELP tour was a an amazing affair as their Edwin Shirley Trucking convoy of three huge articulated lorries, one marked E, one marked L and one marked P, wove their way across the UK and Europe: today, that would not be overly impressive: in the 1070s, it was remarkable.

All three of the band were outstanding musicians. Greg Lake brought powerhouse bass guitar playing style that underpinned the soaring organ work of Emerson and complimented the thumping drums of Palmer. Their influences were from classical music, folk and jazz. Lake became known for his acoustic guitar work and gentle singing voice as the years went by, making records and appearances until quite recently.

He died after a difficult period suffering from cancer.

Greg Lake, however, had more in his repertoire: while prog rock fans were dismissive, he became a global pop superstar with "I Believe in Father Christmas" and one of this author's favourite piece of all time, C'est la Vie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?...)

He is survived by his wife, Regina, and daughter, Natasha.

Pic: courtesy GregLake.com credit to Max Allen c/o Ladies of the Lake

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