Legendary prog rock singer/bassist/lyricist Greg Lake, has died at age 69 following a battle with cancer. Best known as the bassist for King Crimson and guitarist/singer for Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Lake scored one of his biggest solo hits in 1975 with "I Believe in Father Christmas."
In a statement, Lake's former bandmate, Carl Palmer, paid tribute to his friend and collaborator. "It is with great sadness that I must now say goodbye to my friend and fellow band-mate, Greg Lake," wrote Palmer. "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."
As alluded by Palmer, it has been a difficult year for the fans of the pioneering band, as their third member, Keith Emerson, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in March of this year. Lake's manager told the BBC that Lake died on Wednesday (Dec. 7) after fighting a "long and stubborn battle with cancer."