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DiedDecember 7, 2016, London, United Kingdom
SpouseRegina Lake
FactHe had a UK hit single as a solo artist, "I Believe in Father Christmas", which was released in 1975 and reached number two.

Greg Lake was born on November 10, 1947, in Bournemouth, Dorset, England. His parents were Raymond Lake, a doctor, and Pearl Lake, a housewife. He has one older sister, Pamela. Lake attended Durlston Court Preparatory School and then went on to study at the prestigious King’s College School in Wimbledon, London.

Lake’s musical career began when he was still a student at King’s College. He formed a band called The Shame with fellow students Peter Sinfield and Greg Ridley. The Shame later evolved into the progressive rock band King Crimson. Lake was only with King Crimson for their debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King (1969), before leaving to form Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) with keyboardist Keith Emerson and drummer Carl Palmer.

ELP were one of the most successful rock bands of the 1970s, selling over 40 million albums and headlining huge stadium tours. They were also one of the first bands to experiment with using classical music in a rock context, something that would become a major influence on future generations of musicians.

Some of ELP’s most famous songs include “Lucky Man”, “Karn Evil 9”, and “Fanfare for the Common Man”. The band split up in 1979 but reunited briefly in 1991 and again in 2010.

Lake continued to work as a solo artist after ELP’s dissolution and released several solo albums, the most successful of which was Greg Lake (1981). He also toured with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band in 2001 and 2002.

In 2016, Lake was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away on December 7th, 2016, at the age of 69.

During his career, Greg Lake won numerous awards and accolades, including two Grammy Awards and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of ELP). His net worth at the time of his death was estimated to be $10 million.

General Info

Full NameGreg Lake
DiedDecember 7, 2016, London, United Kingdom
ProfessionBassist, Record producer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Lucky Man, I Believe in Father Christmas, Still... You Turn Me On


SpouseRegina Lake
ChildrenNatasha Lake


Music GroupsLucky Man, I Believe in Father Christmas, Still... You Turn Me On, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, Asia, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band

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1[on being kept from Christmas number one by Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in 1975] I got beaten by one of the greatest records ever made. I would've been pissed off if I'd been beaten by Cliff (Cliff Richard).
2There are only so many times I can listen to a song with three chords before I yawn and say, 'OK, next ...'
3People might laugh now at bands like ELP (Emerson Lake and Palmer). Sure, there were times when we pushed the envelope too far and came unglued. But at least we were honest in terms of attempting to make music that was adventurous and new. We were opening up a new path. It's a pity that ELP and other progressive bands were stifled because we were probing into future possibilities.
4Punk wasn't a musical movement. It was a fashion-driven, media-hyped movement that was more about attitude than music. If anything, the punk movement marked the beginning of the end of development in rock music. It seemed to be a case of 'the more bad it is, the better'.
5In terms of good, basic rock'n'roll, I think the '50s stuff said it all - and I find it hard to be convinced that rock'n'roll has moved forward since then. Has any of it been remotely as good as Little Richard's 'Lucille'? I think not.
6As a young kid learning to play guitar, I'd been drawn to basic rock music. As soon as I mastered the basics, I wanted to branch out. My attitude was: why should everything sound black & white? I mean, a great black & white photograph can have power all of its own. But why take away the colours?
7I am very grateful for the success that I achieved, thus far. But there is still much I have to accomplish as a musician, both now and in the future. I still enjoy the experience of performing for live audiences and hope there are still many worthwhile things for me to achieve.
8The only music worth creating is music that comes from the heart.
9I suppose when I come to think about it, my musical roots are probably more European, when perhaps compared to most American rock musicians, whose roots are mostly based in the blues or R&B. I certainly have a great deal of respect for the artists and writers who, over the course of time, have made the genres of blues, rock and R&B into the popular musical styles they remain today, but when it comes to creating my own music, my influence has always been the music that stems from Europe's golden age of classical music and the period when the early acoustic minstrels were so much a part of England's cultural history.


1He had a UK hit single as a solo artist, "I Believe in Father Christmas", which was released in 1975 and reached number two.
2Electric & acoustic guitarist, bassist and vocalist for the band Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
3Toured with the Ringo Starr All Starr Band in 2001



Ash vs Evil Dead2015TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Glastonbury 20152015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Get Santa2014writer: "I Believe In Father Christmas"
Ish Hashuv Meod2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Bling Ring2013writer: "Power"
Metal Evolution2012TV Series documentary music - 1 episode
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs2011TV Movie documentary performer: "I Believe in Father Christmas" / writer: "I Believe in Father Christmas"
Saints Row: The Third2011Video Game writer: "Power"
Runaway2010/IShort writer: "Power" - uncredited
MacGruber2010performer: "Touch and Go" / writer: "Touch and Go"
The Simpsons2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Heroes2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Live from Studio FiveTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Guitar Hero 52009Video Game writer: "21st Century Schizoid Man"
Holiday Festival on Ice 20072007TV Movie performer: "Father Christmas" / writer: "Father Christmas"
Good Luck Chuck2007writer: "Lucky Man" - as Gregory Lake
Cándida2006writer: "In the Court of the Crimson King"
Children of Men2006writer: "The Court of the Crimson King" - as Lake
Nacktschnecken2004writer: "Lucky Man"
Sonny2002writer: "21st Century Schizoid Man"
Top Ten2001TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Freaks and Geeks2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Condo Painting2000Documentary writer: "The Court Of The Crimson King"
That '70s Show1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rock Family TreesTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1998 writer - 1 episode, 1998
Buffalo '661998writer: "Moonchild"
Crossing the Bridge1992writer: "From the Beginning"
Golden Years1982Video writer: "Lend Your Love to Me Tonight", "C'est la vie", "Hallowed Be Thy Name" - uncredited
Top of the PopsTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1976 - 1978 performer - 1 episode, 1976
Teenage Deviate1976writer: "The Barbarian" - uncredited
Bizzare Moods1976writer: "21st Century Schizoid Man", "Trilogy" - uncredited
Forbidden Ways1976music: "21st Century Schizoid Man" - uncredited
Suzie's Take Out Service1976writer: "From the Beginning" - uncredited
My Master My Love1975writer: "The Barbarian" - uncredited
Aloha, Bobby and Rose1975writer: "First Impression - Part 2"
Rape Victims1975writer: "Tarkus", "Karn Evil 9: 2nd Impression" - uncredited
Essa Gostosa Brincadeira a Dois1974writer: "Trilogy"
Pictures at an Exhibition1973Documentary lyrics: "Pictures At An Exhibition" / writer: "The Barbarian", "Take A Pebble", "Pictures At An Exhibition", "Knife-Edge"

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Pictures at an Exhibition1973Documentary sound production


Emerson: Pictures of an Exhibitionistpost-productionHimself
The Nation's Favourite Christmas Song2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs2011TV Movie documentaryHimself - Legendary Prog Rocker
Emerson Lake & Palmer: 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert2011DocumentaryHimself
Keep on Running: 50 Years of Island Records2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who2007DocumentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments2004TV Special documentaryHimself
Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band 20032004TV Special documentaryHimself
Ringo and His All-starr Band2002VideoHimself
I Love Christmas2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival1997DocumentaryHimself (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Asia in Asia1983Video documentaryHimself
Emerson, Lake & Palmer in Concert1981Documentary
Top of the Pops1970-1978TV SeriesHimself - Member: Emerson Lake and Palmer
Emerson, Lake and Palmer on Tour1974Himself
Pictures at an Exhibition1973DocumentaryHimself (with Emerson, Lake and Palmer) Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Beat-Club1970TV Series

Archive Footage

Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Prog Rock Britannia2009TV MovieHimself
Timeshift2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Top Ten2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Rock Family Trees1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops1976-1977TV SeriesHimself

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