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Greg Lake
Greg Lake
Lake in concert, 2005
Background info
Full name Gregory Stuart Lake
Birthday/Birthplace (1947-11-10)10 November 1947
Poole, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Deceased 7 December 2016(2016-12-07)
London, England, United Kingdom
  • Progressive rock
  • art rock
  • hard rock
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • producer
  • Bass
  • guitar
  • vocals
Active Years 1964–2016
Record Labels
  • Manticore
  • Island
  • Chrysalis
  • Atlantic
Worked with
  • Unit Four
  • the Time Checks
  • the Shame
  • the Shy Limbs
  • the Gods
  • King Crimson
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • Gary Moore
  • Asia
  • Emerson, Lake & Powell
  • Geoff Downes
  • Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
  • Greg Lake Band
Official Website

Gregory Stuart Lake (Dorset, England, UK, November 10, 1947-7 December 2016) was a British rock bassist, as well as a guitarist, vocalist, composer and producer , better known as a member of King Crimson in his early days, and founder of Emerson, Lake & amp; Palmer.

Greg Lake’s Biography

Beginnings: The Gods and King Crimson

Born in Poole, Dorset, England, Lake was attracted to music from an early age, and wrote what would become one of the themes of Emerson, Lake & amp; Palmer most successful, “Lucky Man”, when he was still in school. In 1968, Lake was a member of a band called The Gods, along with some future members of Uriah Heep. Lake left the band in the summer of 1968 before they released their debut album.

Lake became part of King Crimson with an old friend of the school, Robert Fripp. As both Fripp and Lake were guitarists, Lake went on to play bass.

For King Crimson’s debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, Lake contributed as a songwriter, singer and bassist. The album would originally be produced by Tony Clarke, who was then the producer of the Moody Blues. However, after the first day, Clarke retired as he had difficulty understanding what the band was trying to create. Lake assumed the role of producer; although in the credits of the album it appeared the whole band like producer, is mainly Lake who produced it.

King Crimson toured North America with The Nice, who were celebrating their farewell tour, it was after this tour in April 1970 that Lake retires from King Crimson, to form Emerson, Lake & amp; Palmer (EL & P), along with Keith Emerson (from The Nice) on keyboards, and Carl Palmer (from Atomic Rooster and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown) on drums and percussion. In spite of its official exit of Crimson, Lake participated in the accomplishment of the second album of King Crimson, In the Wake of Poseidon.

According to Lake, the dominant character of Fripp caused several original members to decide to leave the band, Lake was willing to continue with Fripp as long as the band stops calling himself King Crimson because he considered that without all the original members and The name did not make sense however Fripp refused to do so having Lake to finally leave the band without one of the best progressive rock vocalists.

1970: Emerson, Lake & amp; Palmer

The debut album, ELP, marked an enormous success in the early 1970s (album with a total sales of more than thirty million euros), and contributed significantly to the evolution of progressive rock in its set. Lake has contributed many of the songs of ELP, but was particularly notable for his work on guitar, on songs like “C’est la vie” (Works Volume I), “Still … You Turn Me On” (Brain Salad Surgery), “The Sage” (Pictures at an Exhibition) or “From the Beginning” (Trilogy).

Lake became known as a soloist in the UK for her single “I Believe in Father Christmas”, which later, in 1975, was included in the album ELP Works Volume II.

In 1973 EL & P founded Manticore Records, with a view to launching the band’s own albums, and signing up some musicians like BMS and PFM, or King Crimson singer, Pete Sinfield.

1980: Asia and solo career

After the disintegration of ELP, Lake played briefly with the group Asia in 1983, as a temporary replacement for John Wetton, as well as releasing two solo albums, and presented them on a tour in the early 1980s. The albums were Greg Lake (1981) and Manoeuvres (1983), both of which include Thin Lizzy exguitarist Gary Moore.

In 1986 he released the album Emerson, Lake & amp; Powell, basically a reunion of EL & P, with Cozy Powell on percussion, to replace Carl Palmer who was then the drummer in the Asia band.

1990: Emerson, Lake & amp; Palmer, again

Emerson, Lake & amp; Palmer later reunited at the beginning of 1990 returning to the circuit of the progressive rock, especially in the concerts of summer in the open air, publishing two new albums of study. However, in 1998, Lake left the band because of problems between members.


Keith Emerson’s memoirs in 2004 Pictures of an Exhibitionist gave an unpleasant image of Lake, and it’s not surprising that Lake has said he will never meet EL & P in the future. Greg has not been especially visible in the music scene since then, although he toured as a member of the Ringo Starr band, All-Starr Band in 2001. At the end of 2003 he played bass on the CD Real Good Looking Boy, from The Who.

On October 22, 2005, Lake began playing in the United Kingdom with a new band, which received positive comments, composed by David Arch on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar, Trevor Barry on bass and Brett Morgan on guitar. battery. A double DVD was released by “Warner Bros. /Classic Pictures” in early 2006, showing a Lake in top form, and with his voice, which now seemed deeper and stronger than before. The band of Lake was ready for a new tour in September of 2006 with rumors of a new album in preparation, although this tour was canceled at the last minute, due to “problems of management”.

Lake presented the “Karn Evil 9” with the Trans Siberian Orchestra at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, New York, on December 20, 2006, at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on the 21st of December 2006, and the Quicken Loans Arena, also known as the Q, in Cleveland Ohio, on December 30, 2007.

Lake has played “Lucky Man” with Jethro Tull on his show at the Royal Festival Hall in London, on May 28, 2008.

Greg Lake Net Worth – $16 Million

More Facts about Greg Lake

Whole Name Gregory Stuart Lake
AKA(s) Greg Lake, Lake, Greg
Born/Where Poole, Dorset, England
Born November 10, 1947
What He/She Does Musician, singer-songwriter, producer

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