Prog Rock pioneer Greg Lake passed away Wednesday (12/7) at the age of 69. Lake's manager Stewart Young announced that Lake passed after “a long and stubborn battle with cancer.”
Lake founded the band King Crimson as well as Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) with keyboardist Keith Emerson (who passed away earlier this year) and drummer Carl Palmer.
ELP were one of the most influential of the 'progressive rock' bands. They authored 6 platinum selling albums and sold out stadiums all over the world. They broke up in '79, reunited in '91 and again in 2010.
Lake also released solo material. His version of 'I Believe In Father Christmas' (below) was a popular holiday staple.
I do not own this song. Epic track by Emerson, Lake & Palmer taken from their 1973 album "Brain Salad Surgery". It's a three part epic fiction story.
Greg Lake wrote this as an objection to the commercialism of Christmas. He was concerned that the true spirit of Christmas was being lost in the marketing of the holiday.