Greg Lake

Gregory Stuart

Gregory Stuart "Greg" Lake(born 10 November 1947, in Poole ) is an English singer, musician, songwriter and producer. He was a singer and bassist for King Crimson before becoming the bassist, guitarist, singer and lyricist for Emerson, Lake & Palmer . He also recorded as a solo artist, most notably scoring a major hit single in 1975 with " I Believe in Father Christmas ".

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 Greg Lake's Biography

Lake had some involvement in writing the lyrics for King Crimson's debut album,In the Court of the Crimson King, although Peter Sinfield was the primary lyricist. Lake also ended up producing the album after their contracted producer, Tony Clarke , walked away from the project.

In The Court of the Crimson King, released in 1969, made King Crimson far more successful than any of Fripp and Lake's earlier projects (such as the Shy Limbs or Giles, Giles and Fripp ). Lake's vocals, which ranged from serene and soothing to acerbic and distorted, were a striking element of the album. However, Lake stayed with King Crimson for only about a year, leaving soon after their debut album to start the rock trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Despite this, at Fripp's request, Lake sang on King Crimson's second album,In the Wake of Poseidon, and appeared as well with a pick-up version of King Crimson on the British music program Top of the Pops .

Greg Lake, with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Toronto, Canada 3 February 1978

King Crimson played a couple of venues with the Nice , during which Lake struck up a friendship with the Nice's keyboardist Keith Emerson . Lake and Emerson eventually teamed up and brought in the drummer from the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster , Carl Palmer —forming the progressive rock 'supergroup' Emerson Lake & Palmer (ELP). Lake contributed acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, lyrics, vocals and production work to the band.

Lake subsequently joined Asia for a time, and then co-formed Emerson, Lake & Powell .

At the album Night Castle (2009) he was a special guest and played guitar on " Nutrocker ", a special version of the music number Nut Rocker.

In 2010, he toured with Keith Emerson, from which came the live albumLive from Manticore Hall. In 2012, Greg Lake toured England, The United States and Italy with the "Songs Of A Lifetime" show. He played a career retrospective, along with select covers, for small audiences.

In late June 2013 Lake was invited to star at Genoa's Poetry Festival where he performed a reading of "Pirates", a drama piece in music he wrote with Peter Sinfield. Then performed some of his classic songs. On January 9, 2016 he was awarded by the very first Honorary Degree in Music and lyrics composition by Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, Italy. This was the first time ever a Conservatorio gave a Honoris Causa award.

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 Greg Lake's Discography

Solo[]

Live albums
Compilations
  • The Greg Lake Retrospective: From The Beginning(1997)
  • From The Underground: The Official Bootleg(1998)
  • From The Underground 2 : Deeper Into The Mine : An Official Greg Lake Bootleg (2003)
Singles
  • I Believe in Father Christmas(1975)
  • C'est La Vie(1977)
  • Watching Over You(1977)
  • Love You Too Much(1981)
  • Let Me Love You Once(1981)
  • It Hurts/Retribution Drive(1982)
  • Famous Last Words(1983)
DVDs
  • Greg Lake: Live In Concert(2006)
  • Welcome Backstage(2006)

with the Shame: singles[]

  • Don't Go Away Little Girl/Dreams Don't Bother Me(1967)

with Shy Limbs: singles[]

  • Reputation/Love(1968; side B only)

with King Crimson[]

with Emerson, Lake and Palmer[]

Studio albums
YearTitle
1970 Emerson, Lake & Palmer184GoldSilver
1971 Tarkus91GoldPlatinum
1972 Trilogy52GoldPlatinum
1973 Brain Salad Surgery112GoldGold
1977 Works, Vol. 1129GoldGold
1977 Works, Vol. 23720Gold-
1978 Love Beach5548GoldSilver
1992 Black Moon78---
1994 In the Hot Seat----
Live albums
YearTitle
1971 Pictures at an Exhibition103GoldSilver
1974 Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer45Gold-
1979 In Concert73---
1993 Live at the Royal Albert Hall----
Works Live----
1997 Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970----
Live in Poland----
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Greatest Hits Live----
1998 Then & Now----
2001 The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume One----
The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume Two----
2002 The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume Three----
2006 The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume Four----
2010 High Voltage----
A Time And A Place----
2011 Live at Nassau Coliseum '78----
Live at the Mar Y Sol Festival '72----
2012 Live in California 1974----
2013 Live in Montreal 1977----

with Asia[]

  • Enso Kai(2001), Recorded live at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, on 6 December 1983.

with Emerson, Lake and Powell[]

  • Emerson, Lake & Powell(1986)
  • The Sprocket Sessions(2003(An Official Bootleg), 2010(Reissue))
  • Live in Concert(2003(An Official Bootleg), 2010(Reissue))
  • Live in Concert & More...(2012), 2CDs Contains 2 previously released official bootlegs,Live in ConcertandThe Sprocket Sessions

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