The late Emerson, Lake & Palmer prog-rock pioneer leaves behind a legacy of classics.
Greg Lake -- the former lead singer of progressive-rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer, who died Wednesday at age 69 after a battle with cancer -- logged a career in music that spanned six decades and yielded numerous Billboard chart hits.
He pioneered progressive-rock in multiple bands, including Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Emerson, Lake & Powell; and King Crimson. He was also a successful solo act, releasing three albums beginning in 1981. Plus, his holiday song "I Believe in Father Christmas" spent three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 beginning in December 1975 and still annually returns to holiday airwaves.
As a founding member of King Crimson, Lake was the bassist on the band's first two albums, In the Court of the Crimson King and In the Wake of Poseidon, before leaving to join Emerson, Lake & Palmer.