Lucky Man- Emerson Lake & Palmer (favorite songs)
Billkozy on 12/12/2016
|When will this dismal year of classic rock legends dying cease? Please, Lord, stop the madness of the demise of legend after legend. Sigh.|
This past week the great Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer passed away after a bout with cancer, nine months after bandmate Keith Emerson also died. Greg Lake was 69.
Here is what bandmate Carl Palmer said, according to Rolling Stone magazine:
"It is with great sadness that I must now say goodbye to my friend and fellow bandmate, Greg Lake. Greg's soaring voice and skill as a musician will be remembered by all who knew his music and recordings he made with ELP and King Crimson. I have fond memories of those great years we had in the 1970s and many memorable shows we performed together. Having lost Keith this year as well has made this particularly hard for all of us. As Greg sang at the end of Pictures at an Exhibition, 'death is life.' His music can now live forever in the hearts of all who loved him."
Here is one of the great songs he wrote and performed with ELP. As Greg Lake describes it, he started writing this song when he was 12-years-old: "I was round my friend's house and he had a broken down old guitar. In fact, it only had one string on it. Luckily, it was the bottom string. With a matchstick, I picked out this tune...It made me think, you know, perhaps I could play guitar. So it came to Christmas and I said to my mom, 'Do you think there's any chance of me having a guitar for Christmas?' And she said, 'No.' You know, we were pretty poor. So that was it. I just accepted it...But anyway, Christmas came, and there it was, the guitar. And of course I was thrilled. The first four chords I learned were D, A minor, E minor, and G. With these chords I wrote this little song. It's a kids' song, really. And it was a medieval fantasy, really. And I never wrote it on a piece of paper. I just remembered the words."
Amazingly, the song was added to their debut album only as an afterthought. After they finished recording their album they discovered they didn't have enough to fulfill the required 21 minutes per side. Greg told the story: "Everybody looked round the studio, you know, 'Has anybody got any more material?' And there was deadly silence. So I said, 'Well, look, you know, I've got this little thing I wrote when I was a kid. And if there's nothing else, maybe that would do.' You know. So Keith said, 'Well, you play it, then, let's have a listen.' So I played it, and nobody liked it. So I said, 'Yeah, but you know, the thing is we've got nothing else.' Keith said, 'Well, you record it on your own and I'm going to go down the pub.' So off he went down the pub. So Carl Palmer and I, we recorded the first part together, just drums and acoustic guitar. And it sounded pretty dreadful. But then I put a bass on it and it sounded a bit better. And then I went and put some more guitars on it, and an electric guitar solo. Then I put these harmonies on, these block harmonies. And in the end it sounded pretty good, it sounded like a record."
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