Personalities | Emerson, Lake & Palmer | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1970–79, 1991–98)

A British supergroup, who pioneered progressive rock in the early 1970s, comprising former Nice keyboardist Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, latterly of King Crimson (guitar, bass, vocals) and ex-Atomic Rooster drummer Carl Palmer. ELP’s music was a fusion of classical music and rock, which Emerson had begun to explore in The Nice. Most of the band’s lyrics were written by former King Crimson wordsmith Peter Sinfield. ELP made their first major appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, releasing their self-titled debut album later that year. The immensely popular Tarkus followed in 1971 and the band’s third album was a live rendition of Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition (1972).

Their best-known work, 1973’s Brain Salad Surgery, was dominated by the epic ‘Karn Evil 9’. Notorious for their extravagant live shows, ELP fell from fashion during the punk era, disbanding in 1979 but reforming in the 1990s.

Styles & Forms | Seventies | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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