Keith Emerson (1944-2016)

Wonderful post on Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, from Rich Brown over at “Good Music Speaks.”

Good Music Speaks

keith-emerson-1Sadly, I learned that keyboardist and composer Keith Emerson died this past week from what the coroner has determined was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  He was suffering from depression and anxiety mainly over some nerve damage in his hands hampering his ability to play keyboards.  It seems that depression got the best of him and he committed suicide.  He was 71 years old.

Emerson lake and palmerEmerson was part of the progressive rock super-group named Emerson, Lake and Palmer.  I am regrettably a very latecomer to the ELP party.  The band formed in London in 1970, with Keith Emerson on keyboards, Greg Lake on bass and vocals, and all sorts of percussion played by Carl Palmer.  I really don’t know what rock I have been living under, but I had only heard a few of the songs of ELP that would play on the classic rock radio stations.  Things like “Lucky Man” from…

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  1. John Thomas says:

    I was a huge ELP fan. Amongst the what seems to be large number of musicians passing away in the last few months, this one may have hit me the hardest. A great loss to the music world.

    1. Jon Harnum says:

      Agreed. I had no idea he composed other symphonic works, too. Amazing musician. RIP

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