Greg Lake

Among the most influential, innovative, and revered ensembles of prog rock’s golden era were the original line-up of King Crimson, and Emerson Lake & Palmer – both fronted by vocalist, bassist, songwriter Gregory Stuart Lake. Prompted to take up the electric bass at the behest of his school buddy Robert Fripp – Lake’s work on Court of the Crimson King (1969) was watershed – his adventurous passages bolstered the ensemble’s frenetic forays into classical and jazz in a rock context. With ELP, Lake’s remarkable bass artistry served as the rhythmic and harmonic bridge between his two virtuoso mates as they broke ground on each ensuing release.  Greg’s excellence as a bass player was matched by his brilliance as a singer and pop composer as evidenced on “Lucky Man” (1970), “From The Beginning” (Trilogy / 1972), and “Still You Turn Me On” (Brain Salad Surgery / 1973). Though his solo career and various ELP reunions – including one incarnation with Cozy Powell in the drum chair – failed to generate any significant attention beyond hard-core fans, Greg Lake’s legacy with King Crimson and ELP as a bassist, singer, composer, and producer is matchless – and most deserving of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame recognition.