This Day In Prog-Rock. ELP
Gregory Stuart "Greg" Lake was born on 10 November 1947 in Poole, Dorset England.
Greg Lake had been a school friend of Robert Fripp, who solicited him as a member of the first King Crimson line-up. He was primarily a guitarist, but agreed to switch to bass at Fripp's request.
Lake ended up producing the successfull Crimson’s debut album ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’ after their contracted producerTony Clarke walked away form the project. Lake stayed with King Crimson for only about a year, leaving soon after their debut album to start the rock trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
King Crimson played a couple of venues in the US with The Nice, during which Lake struck up a friendship with the Nice's keyboardist Keith Emerson. After returning to England Greg and Keith were introduced to Atomic Rooster drummer Carl Palmer, by Robert Stigwood, and very soon thereafter they formed the progressive rock 'supergroup' Emerson Lake & Palmer (ELP). Lake contributed acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, lyrics, vocals and production work to the band.
To date Emerson Lake and Palmer has sold over 48 million records. Lake produced Tarkus, Pictures at an Exhibition, Trilogy, Brain Salad Surgery, Works Vol. 1 and 2, and two different live albums. All went platinum and featured a series of hit singles , most written and all sung by Greg, who credits their success to his constant search for perfection and his heart.
After ELP Lake joined Asia and then co-formed Emerson Lake and Powell.
On July 25th, 2010, Lake joined Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer for what was to be the final live concert by ELP at the High Voltage rock festival in Victoria Park, London.
His collaborations are many and impressive: Sheila E; Ringo Starr (joining Ringo Starr's All-Star Band to great acclaim and with great enjoyment); Led Zepplin's Robert Plant; The Who's Roger Daltrey (which led to a guest recording on a hit Who single); Procol Harum's Gary Booker, and Gary Moore. Greg has joined his friend Ian Anderson onstage with Jethro Tull and performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
On 9 January 2016 he was awarded by the very first Honorary Degree in Music and lyrics composition by Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, Italy. This was the first time ever a Conservatorio gave a Honoris Causa award.