Lake in concert, December 2005
|Birth name||Gregory Stuart Lake|
10 November 1947 |
Poole, Dorset, England
|Genres||Progressive rock, Classic rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass guitar, guitar|
|Associated acts||The Gods, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Gary Moore, Asia, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band|
|Custom Alembic models
Custom Wal bass models
Fender Jazz Bass
Sadowsky Custom Made Gold bass
Gregory Stuart "Greg" Lake (born 10 November 1947) is an English singer, musician, songwriter and producer. He was a singer and bassist for King Crimson before becoming the bassist, guitarist, singer and lyricist for Emerson, Lake & Palmer. He also recorded as a solo artist, most notably scoring a major hit single in 1975 with "I Believe in Father Christmas".
Greg Lake, a school friend of Robert Fripp, was a founding member of King Crimson. Lake was primarily a guitarist, but agreed to switch to bass at Fripp's request. Lake had some involvement in writing the lyrics for King Crimson's debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, although Peter Sinfield was the primary lyricist. Lake also ended up producing the album after their contracted producer, Tony Clarke, walked away from the project.
In The Court of the Crimson King, released in 1969, made King Crimson far more successful than any of Fripp and Lake's earlier projects (such as the Shy Limbs or Giles, Giles and Fripp). Lake's vocals, which ranged from serene and soothing to acerbic and distorted, were a striking element of the album. However, Lake stayed with King Crimson for only about a year, leaving soon after their debut album to start the rock trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Despite this, at Fripp's request, Lake sang on King Crimson's second album, In the Wake of Poseidon.
King Crimson played a couple of venues with The Nice, during which Lake struck up a friendship with The Nice's precocious keyboardist Keith Emerson. Lake and Emerson eventually teamed up and brought in the drummer from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster, Carl Palmer—forming the progressive rock 'supergroup' Emerson Lake & Palmer (ELP). Lake contributed acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, lyrics, vocals and production work to the band.
Lake performed "Karn Evil 9" with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at several shows. At the album Night Castle (2009) he was a special guest and played guitar on "Nutrocker", a special version of the music number Nut Rocker.
In 2010, he toured with Keith Emerson, from which came the live album Live from Manticore Hall. In 2012 Greg Lake toured England, The United States and Italy with the critically acclaimed "Songs Of A Lifetime" show on which he entertained small audience with a lifetime career including some covers by beloved Beatles, Elvis and more.
In late june 2013 Lake was invited to star at Genoa's Poetry Festival where he performed a reading of "Pirates", a drama piece in music he wrote with Peter Sinfield. Then performed some of his classic songs. On January 9, 2016 he was awarded by the very first Honorary Degree in Music and lyrics composition by Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, Italy. This was the first time ever a Conservatorio gave a Honoris Causa award.
- Greg Lake with Gary Moore (1981) US #62; UK No. 62
- Manoeuvres with Gary Moore (1983) US No. 209
- Ride the Tiger with Geoff Downes (2015)
- Live Albums
- King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Greg Lake in Concert (aka Nuclear Attack/Live/In Concert) with Gary Moore (1995)
- Greg Lake (2007)
- Songs of a Lifetime (2013)
- Live from Manticore Hall with Keith Emerson (2014)
- The Greg Lake Retrospective: From The Beginning (1997)
- From The Underground: The Official Bootleg (1998)
- From The Underground 2 : Deeper Into The Mine : An Official Greg Lake Bootleg (2003)
- I Believe in Father Christmas (1975)
- C'est La Vie (1977)
- Watching Over You (1977)
- Love You Too Much (1981)
- Let Me Love You Once (1981)
- It Hurts / Retribution Drive (1982)
- Famous Last Words (1983)
- Greg Lake: Live In Concert (2006)
- Welcome Backstage (2006)
with The Shame singles
- Don't Go Away Little Girl/Dreams Don't Bother Me (1967)
with Shy Limbs singles
- Reputation / Love (1968)side B only
with King Crimson
- In the Court of the Crimson King (October 1969); US No. 28 UK No. 5
- In the Wake of Poseidon (May 1970); US No. 31 UK No. 4
- Epitaph (1997)
with Emerson, Lake and Palmer
- Studio albums
|Year||Title||Billboard album 200||UK Top 100||RIAA||BPI|
|1970||Emerson, Lake & Palmer||18||4||Gold||Silver|
|1973||Brain Salad Surgery||11||2||Gold||Gold|
|1977||Works, Vol. 1||12||9||Gold||Gold|
|1977||Works, Vol. 2||37||20||Gold||-|
|1994||In the Hot Seat||-||-||-||-|
- Live albums
|Year||Title||Billboard album 200||UK Top 100||RIAA||BPI|
|1971||Pictures at an Exhibition||10||3||Gold||Silver|
|1974||Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer||4||5||Gold||-|
|1993||Live at the Royal Albert Hall||-||-||-||-|
|1997||Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970||-||-||-||-|
|Live in Poland||-||-||-||-|
|King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Greatest Hits Live||-||-||-||-|
|1998||Then & Now||-||-||-||-|
|2001||The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume One||-||-||-||-|
|The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume Two||-||-||-||-|
|2002||The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume Three||-||-||-||-|
|2006||The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume Four||-||-||-||-|
|A Time And A Place||-||-||-||-|
|2011||Live at Nassau Coliseum '78||-||-||-||-|
|Live at the Mar Y Sol Festival '72||-||-||-||-|
|2012||Live in California 1974||-||-||-||-|
|2013||Live in Montreal 1977||-||-||-||-|
- Enso Kai (2001), Recorded live at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, on 6 December 1983.
with Emerson, Lake and Powell
- Emerson, Lake & Powell (1986)
- The Sprocket Sessions (2003(An Official Bootleg), 2010(Reissue))
- Live in Concert (2003(An Official Bootleg), 2010(Reissue))
- Live in Concert & More... (2012), 2CDs Contains 2 previously released official bootlegs, Live in Concert and The Sprocket Sessions
- Clarke, Donald (ed.) Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music 2nd ed. 1998 Penguin Books, London
- Mulholland, Garry (19 December 2014). "The Making Of… Greg Lake’s I Believe In Father Christmas". Uncut. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
- "Greg Lake Band and Tour Info". The Official Greg Lake website. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
- allmusic ((( Emerson, Lake & Palmer > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))
- everyHit.com search results
- "Gold & Platinum – August 14, 2008". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-07-15.
- "The Bpi". The Bpi. Retrieved 2011-07-15.
- Forrester, George, Martyn Hanson and Frank Askew. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Show That Never Ends, A Musical Biography. (2001) Helter Skelter Publishing ISBN 1-900924-17-X.
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