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Friday, March 11, 2016

Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson keyboard virtuoso and composer has died at age 71.  I haven't thought much about Emerson, Lake and Palmer in the last few decades, but they had some brilliant albums in the early 1970s.

Here's Trilogy (from the album of the same name).


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Blogger Cirze said...


When I saw your headline I thought "Oh no. Not Keith."

There are too many of us baby boomers. This will continue for the rest of our lives.

How's that for a pedestrian thought that rattles me deeply?

I loved listening to my ELP albums. Sublime artistry.

Thanks for the notice.

March 11, 2016 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Jim Marquis said...

This one really stung. I loved ELP when I was younger and have listened to them on and off over the years. I especially liked Keith, he just seemed like such a wonderful madman. The flying piano at California Jam was so crazy and fun.

March 12, 2016 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Cirze: Sad but true -- the older we all get, the more of our favorite musicians and artists will be "leaving" us. ELP were brilliant.

Jim: I never saw them in person, but I heard that their live performances were mindblowing.

March 12, 2016 at 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Screamin' Mimi said...

Loved these guys. There doesn't seem to be as much artistry these days (with some notable exceptions). He'll be missed.

March 14, 2016 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just have to say this please forgive me. I liked ELP but Keith Emerson's "Journey to the Center of the Earth" was boring!


March 14, 2016 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SM: Yup, they were great. There were a lot of really talented progressive rock groups in the early '70s -- Focus, Yes, King Krimson, ELP -- that combined instrumental virtuosity, intricate chord progressions and rhythm changes, and killer hooks that were guaranteed to pull you in.

Erik: I don't know of "Journey to the Center of the Earth." I hope it wasn't half as lame as the movie of the same title. ELP were uneven (and longwinded), but at their best, they totally killed.

March 14, 2016 at 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Whew" before someone calls me a total idiot I realized I was mixing Keith Emerson with Rick Wakeman. Seen one classically trained British Keyboardist.....


March 15, 2016 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Rick Wakeman -- haven't thought of that name in a few eons. I knew he had at least one solo album, but I never heard it. I liked Yes (the group he was from) but they were by far the most pompous and self-important of all the prog rock groups of that era IMHO.

March 16, 2016 at 12:09 PM  

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