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.
Crimson King, which reached No. 28 on the Billboard 200 in 1970, is considered one of the most influential prog-rock albums of all time, combining blues with rock, jazz and symphony music. Its lead single, "The Court of the Crimson King - Part 1," was the sole Crimson song to appear on the Hot 100, peaking at No. 80 (Feb. 14, 1970). Poseidon reached No. 31 on the Billboard 200, also in 1970.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer released their debut self-titled album in November 1970. The band would go on to release nine more studio sets through the '90s. The act tallied four top 10s on the Billboard 200, with 1974's Welcome Back, My Friends, To the Show That Never Ends rising highest (No. 4).
In honor of Lake, here is a look at his five biggest Hot 100 hits (with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Emerson, Lake & Powell and as a soloist):
Rank, Title, Artist, Hot 100 Peak Pos., Peak Date
1. "Lucky Man," Emerson, Lake & Palmer, No. 48, 5/1/1971
2. "From the Beginning," Emerson, Lake & Palmer, No. 39, 10/28/1972
3. "Let Me Love You Once," Greg Lake, No. 48, 12/26/1981
4. "Touch and Go," Emerson, Lake & Powell, No. 60, 7/19/1986
5. "Nutrocker," Emerson, Lake & Palmer, No. 70, 4/15/1972
Greg Lake's top Billboard Hot 100 hits are based on actual performance on the weekly Hot 100 (through the chart dated Dec. 17, 2016). Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.