Greg Lake, the singer and multi-instrumentalist for King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, has died following a long battle with cancer. He passed away Wednesday at the age of 69.
Lake’s passing comes just nine months after the death of his bandmate Keith Emerson, who took his own life at age 71.
With his lyrics and singing, Lake helped propel progressive rock into the mainstream. Emerson, Lake & Palmer went on to sell 48 million albums, according to the BBC. One of their biggest albums was 1971’s Trilogy, which spawned the hit, “From The Beginning.”
Lake was born on November 10, 1947 in Bornemouth, England. After befriending King Crimson leader Robert Fripp, Lake joined the group in 1968 as lead singer and bassist. By April 1970, he left King Crimson to start a new band with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer, that went on to dominate the prog rock scene of the 1970s. With ELP at its peak, Lake put out a solo single, “I Believe in Father Christmas” in 1975, which became a #2 hit in the UK. He then embarked on a solo career in 1981–two years after the demise of ELP.
Lake is survived by his wife Regina and their daughter Natasha.
A message from Lake’s manager, Stewart Young: