The British rocker died after a long battle against cancer
British rocker Greg Lake, considered one of the key progressive rock figures of the 1970s and founder of the Emerson group Lake & Palmer, died Wednesday at the age of 69.
The British musician died after a long “battle with cancer,” his manager and friend Stewart Young reported on the social network Facebook.
“Yesterday, December 7, I lost my best friend after a long and difficult battle with cancer,” Young wrote.
The British musician went on to become famous with the band King Crimson, before forming the successful group Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP).
An obituary for The Guardian newspaper noted that Lake was one of the key figures in progressive rock and challenged critics who considered this genre to be ridiculously exaggerated or pretentious.
“I know people think we’re pretentious, but it really is a product of sophistication,” he said in an interview in 1973 quoted by The Guardian.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer made their debut on August 23, 1970 and six days later they performed at the Isle of White festival alongside other greats from music such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Who.
Two months later, ELP released its first acetate that was simply called Emerson, Lake & Palmer, which refers to the surnames of the band’s three members: Keith Emerson on drums, Greg Lake on bass, and Carl Palmer On keyboards.
At the time, the group ranked at number four on the UK charts, while in the United States entered the Billboard in the 18th place of 200.
In 2012, Lake wrote his autobiography “Lucky Man,” based on the iconic single of the same name he wrote when he was barely 12 years old.
The success of ELP declined in the mid-1970s, although Lake managed to make his single “I believe in Father Christmas” second in the UK.