Greg Lake passes away at age 69

greglakeSinger, songwriter, vocalist, producer, guitarist, and bassist Greg Lake passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, his manager Stewart Young has announced. Lake was 69 years old.

Born on November 10, 1947 in Dorset, England, Lake was a key figure in the history of progressive rock. Lake was an early member of the band King Crimson, then went on to form Emerson, Lake and Palmer with drummer Carl Palmer and keyboardist Keith Emerson, who passed away earlier this year.

Lake was part of six platinum albums with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, including progressive rock landmark Brain Salad Surgery, for which he wrote most of the lyrics. Lake also produced and played a role in writing some lyrics for King Crimson’s debut In the Court of the Crimson King. This news comes on the heels of Emerson’s suicide earlier this year. Lake spoke about Emerson’s suicide with the media earlier this year.

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Lake also had a solo career which included the 1975 hit “I Believe In Father Christmas.”

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