ELP consisted of Keith Emerson on keyboards, Greg Lake on bass and Carl Palmer (who many consider the finest of all rock drummers) on drums. Today we learn that Emerson has died from an allegedly self inflicted gunshot wound.
After discovering the Hammond and Moog in his teenage years, Emerson grew into one of the greatest keyboardists of his generation, first as a member of the Nice before founding the prog supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer. ELP formed in 1970 after Emerson, guitarist Greg Lake (formerly of King Crimson) and drummer Carl Palmer, a veteran of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, joined together for a project that would better showcase their musicianship.
They were one of the first rock groups to take classical pieces of music and “modernise” them, most notable Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the common man”. In memory of Keith emerson I am posting possibly the most famous video recording of that piece of music shot in an empty Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada.
His musicianship will be sadly missed……………