Greg Lake, the English guitarist and singer-songwriter from the progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, of cancer, according to multiple news sources. In a statement posted to Lake’s Facebook page, … Greg Lake in 1977 (Image: Getty) “As much as I love everyone having a good time, it’s more than 12 pints of lager and a crate of Baileys. I’m sincerely sorry that you view it as such, but I respect your right to your opinion, as well as your right to publicly declare your opinion thusly. As of now this story is just a waste of electrons on the Internet and my time for reading this trash. He never complained, bless him. When was the last time that you went to your doctor…and what were you treated for?” The questions went on and on, to the point that it was almost impossible for me to eat a bite of my dinner (and I was hungry)! interviews he gave over the years, and this has also been discussed ". Bravo! Some of the venues in which the band performed would not allow a minor like Greg in without “adult supervision.” Harry Lake accompanied young Greg on countless school and work nights, acting as a kind of road manager, roadie, chauffeur and bodyguard. A full twenty years after the war ended, there was still rubble present in much of London!”. I know he would Thanks for stopping by, and should you have any other questions please feel free to ask. & Palmer Appreciation Page. Both have accompanied me nearly my whole life long and still do. It’s also fairly well known (by most ELP fans) that at one time Greg He stressed to me how hard his father worked, and that his parents had never owned their own home until he bought them one (in the 1970s, after Emerson, Lake & Palmer became hugely successful). except that it’s somewhere in London (according to a and Carl. about the late, great Greg Lake: “He had the voice of an Angel GREG truck me as a very private person and I respect that, I enjoyed reading lucky man but would of liked him to have opened up a bit more. He waged a long (just over three years) and truly brave battle against Pancreatic cancer, before finally succumbing to it. GREG Lake, has died at 69 after battling cancer. Where do they live? We will definitely keep in touch, Would you be interested in sharing some of your memories and the next time I’m in England I will give you a call! himself; a totally unique and beautiful piece of art like no I never read anything about Greg Lake ever living in southern CA. Thank you for posting all the pictures, several I’ve never seen before. pendant, and I know he was quite upset about losing it. Greg è morto il 7 dicembre dopo una lunga battaglia contro il cancro. Quality music. In the early 1960s, the British council tore down most of those houses, but some-as this one-are still standing and in use today. former friend of Greg’s). He said that his father-Harry Lake-was an “engineer.” Many years later, I found out that, in actuality, his father had worked as a machinist, standing on his feet all day. GREG LAKE. The discs were on prominent display on one wall in the lounge of their small bungalow. Thank you again. I have no photos in my possession of Greg and I together. Most Angels are depicted as male simply because they are but Gregs Angel was definately a girl. Thanks to Greg for sharing his talent with the world. Greg Lake ist tot: Britischer Sänger stirbt an Krebs Beachten Sie dabei bitte unsere Regeln für Leserkommentare. Photo courtesy of Graham Jones. Surprisingly, hardly anyone seemed to take any mind of us. Dezember 2016 in London) war ein britischer Bassist, Gitarrist, Sänger, Songwriter und Produzent. performances. I stuck to the FACTS. There are several musicians who live their lives in a private setting such as Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. I know he’s in heaven with Keith, Cozy Powell, Gary Moore, John Weston and Chris Squire along with all the other musicians who left before and after them and they are all jamming, playing and singing on that great stage. I found that out the hard way, the very first night we spent together. I love the lifestyle folks enjoy here! how he came about using the Indian rug during each of hi He was always striving for perfection in every aspect, every facet of what he was creating: music. As he spoke about music, his eyes got an amazing look to them: a kind of intense glow that’s hard to explain but impossible to forget all these years later. Greg Lake at his English countryside estate with his Field dogs, circa mid 1980s. Beautiful article, my friend. ‘Lady Greensleeves.’ Artist unknown. job. Greg Lake would have been 70 this year. “Do you like music, Shirley? Dear Mr. Harris, guess what I want for Christmas…NOW!! Greg Lake, aged six. I bought the Trilogy album when it first came out. And… OMG!!! Is there any sort of collaborating information available? Photo courtesy of Little, Brown Book Company. You can see that in his face while he plays guitar. "Was shocked to hear your passing, Greg. To my surprise, unlike anyone else I’ve gone out with, instead of talking about his family, his job…the usual subjects that I’m accustomed to hearing about on a first date…Greg began talking about his life’s passions: music, literature (poetry in particular), history (with an emphasis on the courts of Elizabeth I and Henry VIII), fishing and the “art of war.” Oh…and animals. Hi Shirley. I hope someday to find the answer to. Greg Lake, a singer, guitarist and songwriter who was a founding member of the 1970s progressive-rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died on Wednesday in … reader/fan of ELP, then I’m quite contented. I will talk with you soon love. Ars longa vita brevis… As they say! artist. of Greg for THIS article/memoir? Your memories … Der Musiker Greg Lake (1947-2016) ist tot. inform you that many-if not most-ELP fans are well aware that at Greg Lake, one of the key figures in the prog rock boom of the 1970s, has died at the age of 69. All photos, except where indicated, provided by The Emerson, Lake and Palmer Appreciation Group. Thank you for your article. All rights reserved. Thank you Shirley for making my day most enjoyable. Whatever disagreement, pain or poison that festered within Greg’s family life, it must be viewed from outside as a great failing, knowing this son could not at the very least bring himself to be at his Mother’s side for support at his Father’s funeral, despite whatever perceived reason he was unable so to do. Greg Lake lived to make music; music that he truly loved. One Comment . You sir, are a gentleman and a scholar! Ihr Kommentar wird nun gesichtet. He chose at that time not to discuss it publicly, nor with anyone he was seeing at that time. Copyright 2018. I hung out with Greg most of all the tours . Greg Lake wrote the music, while Peter Sinfield wrote the lyrics. It was the next morning, over a fried shrimp and calamari “dinner served at breakfast” on the marina pier, that I finally got to know Greg…and he got to know me. your thoughts in regard to it! If I wasn’t doing that, what else would I do?”. Maybe you could email me and let me know. Greg Lake, age twelve, in 1959. Happy Memories of Harry R. Lake Aged 64 At Peace 4th January 1982 Also His Loving Wife, Lily At Peace 15th January 1988 Aged 71. various times(and in various places) Greg, Keith and Carl lived together. It’s always I don’t go on Facebook since its unAmerican love Mike Galligan, Shirley, I just saw you article on Greg Lake and wow, how fortunate you were to meet him. Greg told Ringo: “I was in a successful Rock & Roll band (ELP). Hi Betsy! Lake lived in Southern California. If you’d be so kind to Greg was 69. It must have been amazing to just listen to that voice for hours. Thanks. Do you have any brothers and/or sisters? In the almost twenty years that I have been a music journalist, I have never met another artist whose love for music appeared to be so absolute. (via Facebook’s Emerson, Lake & Palmer I’m so pleased that you enjoyed my memoir on a very special He always made sure I wasn’t hungry. November 1947 in Poole, England; 7. It revolved around an after-show party that almost (but not quite) happened in Greg’s hotel room. He was a genius and had a way of touching people’s hearts with his music and his meaningful lyrics. View the profiles of people named Greg Lake. Bravo! Continue browsing in r/lastimages. Greg Lake enjoying ‘the pause that refreshes’ back in the early 1970s. See you there! As I think about it, I suspect that Greg spent more time on that boat than he did at the far more comfortable home he rented. lol Ed O'Neil is literally a year older than Greg Lake. I will gladly credit you by full name for your fine work as it was presented here. has included my current battle with a NASTY upper respiratory Copyright 2018. but could equally strip the paint off the pews.” I will remember What did your father do for a living? All that changed after Greg received a guitar for Christmas in 1959. A major reason that I decided to write this article/memoir was to Photo courtesy of Little, Brown Book Company. It comes natural to them. All rights reserved. Are they still alive? Lake's single "I Believe in Father Christmas" reached number two on the pop charts in the United Kingdom in 1975. In his last interview a … If you It was most informative. That sounds lovely, Patricia! As a result, I too did not follow ELP around to see them live in He will be sadly missed that his art will remain. Yes, Greg and Regina were married in 1974. Like yourself, I cannot stop listening to their music and “The Voice.”. The fact Greg Lake never attended either of Harry or Pearl’s funerals in the 80’s sits uncomfortably with the reader like an unhealed wound. Greg Lake, the English guitarist and singer -songwriter from the progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, of cancer, according to multiple news sources. Did you manage to meet also Keith and Carl? I apologize for my delay in responding to your question. I am about a decade (+/-) your junior, and although I remember Lucky Man from my youth (one of my very favorite songs EVER, and was blown away when I heard Greg had written it age age 12!! What were they like?? He must have easily been going through three packs a day when I knew him. I want to lose the damn weight! Do you have any photos of you and Greg together??? Before his 13th birthday, Greg was already performing in local venues, with boys much older than himself. Hi Shirley, Thanks for Sharing your experiences with Greg Lake. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think of the guys . Appreciation Page) I have replied to your To send a flower arrangement to the family of Gregory "Greg" F. Murphy, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Unlike me, he knew every lyric by heart. If you’d cut back on your alcohol consumption that would help A LOT! ", "Greg will always be an inspiration to musicians all over the world. Never before (or since) have I gone out with anyone who asked me so many personal-almost invasive-questions on a first date, as Greg Lake did that day! Without the least bit of embarrassment, Greg proceeded to sing the entire song, right there at our table! Furthermore, should you desire your work not to be included in this article, please alert me and I will graciously, promptly delete it. Are they religious? It would have been an honor, pleasure and privilege to meet him, as he was such a humble, real, genuine person. But the soft place in my heart will forever and always be for Greg Lake. Love hearing them. Just a couple times he Asked me for my help and he was so gracious even at that ! “Where were your parents born? If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate THINK it was made sometime between 1971-1973. By the time I knew Greg, both of his parents had died. Since we are Facebook buddies, I will be getting in contact I take great pride in reporting THE TRUTH in everything I write…and no, I have never written for Harlequin Books,lol! Do you have any photos of you and Greg together??? In 2003, Lake played bass on The Who song "Real Good Looking Boy".The group's usual bassist Pino Palladino was touring at the time of recording, and Lake was asked to play bass.. Greg’s famous Angel pendant was commissioned and designed by Greg I think I’m gonna make this my permanent home. it as a “souvenir” to remember Greg by. Greg received his first guitar at only twelve years of age, and immediately wrote his first song, ‘Lucky Man.’ He shared the same guitar teacher as Robert Fripp and Andy Summers: a local music teacher by the name of Don Strike. Bürgerl. Kind regards, To my delight, I discovered that it was the Beatles whose music first set our hearts on fire; lit that ‘eternal flame’ that was still ablaze all these years later. After reading Greg’s autobiography (“Lucky Man”) I read comments from fans who-like myself-read the book and felt it did little to shed new light upon Greg as a PERSON. He talked about his “Field dogs” and his favorite in particular: a lively Irish Setter he named “Oliver Cromwell.”. email@example.com. Speaking of the Moody Blues, Greg appeared on the Blues Cruise I think back in 2013 or 2014. Since you were not aware of having read Photo courtesy of Graham Jones. Be sure to bring him YELLOW flowers, if you can. Play on in heaven , dearest Greg! RIP YOUR BUDDY Mike Galligan. I knew Gregs weight gain was due to steroids it wasnt difficult to see i have someone with copd he was an 80 a day man i was quite hurt at a few nasty remarks made about MY Greg and his weight gain, the guy was supposed to be a fan ! Jez A. A tough interview to listen to, but the boys were in good humor. I will always be grateful for the peace and love you have given to me in my life. Yes anytime you manage to get across the pond you will be most welcome . I’ve answered all the questions I’m gonna answer until after we finish this meal, okay?! Greg Lake war ein britischer Bassist, Gitarrist, Sänger, Songwriter und Produzent (Band "Emerson, Lake and Palmer"). I loved him all ways but prefered his ballads. I have always thought of Greg as a man If you had traveled to England during the ‘Swinging Sixties’ you’d have been horrified to see the extent of the damage that was still there! Did you manage to meet Keith and Carl??? He loved animals, especially dogs. I fear I would not have been so courteous to him as you were. Take care! I do not know if it is an angelic look or a mischievous look. As a member of the Emerson, Lake and Palmer Appreciation Page on Er wurde am . splendidly attired, enrapturing everyone with his beautiful voice, Recalled Graham Jones, “Greg’s parents proudly displayed framed, golden LP discs that the band had received as industry recognition for their album sales. Regina Lake’s husband was born Gregory Stuart Lake on November 10, 1947. Later that night, tucked away in his boat docked at the marina, Greg somberly discussed the aftermath of the German bombing of England during World War II. When I met Syd Barrett in his home (in the early 2000s) we spent an entire afternoon together, yet I took not one photo to “prove” this happened nor for “bragging rights” afterward. ", "Thankyou Greg for the music you left for us all.Hearing you live I shall never forget.R.I.P. I found all that you shared of great interest. were PLENTY of photos taken of us together, as well as myself with both I used to know the artist Peter Green, and I have exactly ONE photo of us together, courtesy of a fan who spotted us together at a supermarket (in Oxted) and asked to take a photo of the two of us. I must have asked him to sign over 100 things . Julie Patricia. Thanks for stopping by, and I want to take this opportunity to address your reluctance to believe my memoir, especially since it does not contain any photos of Greg and I together. But one thing does puzzle me, you said you met him on a blind date? “I’d had no contact with Greg for about six years. I told him that, speaking as an American, I was ashamed that America had not entered the war sooner to help bring aid to England’s brave civilians left behind to struggle through the nightmare at home. Greg Lake opened up about the joy of music in emotional last interview ICONIC bass player Greg Lake died on Thursday. The post-World War II, American made, asbestos-insulated, prefabricated house that Greg Lake grew up in looked identical to this one located today, not far from where Greg grew up in Oakdale, Poole, Dorset, England. As Carl Palmer once said “It takes If I’d had to work a ‘real’ job, I think I would have committed suicide years ago! Thanks for taking the time to read it, and to share your opinion. Greg Lake, właśc.Gregory Stuart Lake (ur.10 listopada 1947 w Poole, zm. Thank you for the insight into a musical genius along with Keith Emerson, keyboardist extrodenaire, as I had thought on a personal level, he was. I recall a funny story a friend of mine told me about Greg and his bandmates on tour in 1992. assumed it was stolen by a fan who was enamored and wanted Like yourself, I was too young during ELP’s heyday of the 1970s, and I went to Greg Lake’s funeral yesterday. Instead, I will be lifting a FORK, as I enjoy a cheesecake! “Turn the engine ON, Greg! I told him that I had bought my parents a home in the late 1980s, but that-for the most part-our relationship continued to be strained. His classmates remember him bringing his acoustic guitar to school every day, strumming it in the hallways, at lunchtime and after class. May you enjoy a warm and wonderful holiday season! Thanks again for sharing your story. Eine seiner bekanntesten Kompositionen ist die Ballade Lucky Man. I wonder if he realizes how many peoples’ lives have been changed for the better because of him. Photo courtesy of Little, Brown Book Co. On a recent visit to keith I was sad to see that somebody, maybe a fan, had taken the little grand piano ornament off of his gravestone, people never cease to amaze me. Name: Gregory Stuart Lake. Oh well we will never know. ELP was on the Howard Stern show that year I think. At that, Greg was quick to correct me: “Your country may have entered late, but believe me, it made a big difference in the lives of my parents and countless other families! For whatever reasons, I’ve simply never been good about ensuring-or caring-about getting photos taken of myself with others, period. Both Greg and Justin had angelic voices. His voice, his music and the sound of his guitar will play on in our hearts and he will never be forgotten. have LOVED to step back in time…forever. This resulted in some confusion for me, as I patiently tried to sort out exactly what was going on with Greg’s health issues. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I would like to know Greg proceeded to tell me in no uncertain terms that the “adult” thing for me to do was to get on with living my own life and to let my family “carry on with living theirs.” I could sense, from the tone in Greg’s voice, that this was a sensitive subject for him, and I didn’t pursue asking him any more questions about his parents. your own Pins on Pinterest that I was able to bring to you some NEW revelations about the band. Greg began performing very shortly after receiving a guitar for Christmas in 1959. Notwithstanding, Greg’s parents were devoted to their only child throughout their entire lives. ), I am just now catching up with listening to ELP’s work. In regard to its affect on the human soul, Greg Lake said, “Music is an emotional experience, and that is what imprints itself on the soul.” Music was both sacred and magical to the man I was lucky enough to have known in the early 1990s. Thank you. The next morning, as Carl Palmer stood at the hotel lobby’s service desk, checking the band out of the hotel and back on the road, Carl literally hit the roof when he saw that enormous food bill; all of it charged to the band’s ‘travel expenses’ of course, lol! One song from that period was nearest and dearest to our hearts: ‘Greensleeves.’ We agreed that from the moment we first heard it, we were smitten with it! Bless you for visiting him often, and bringing him Greg Lake. What a treasure it must have been to get to know, and spend time with Greg! Copyright 2018. He just had that certain something about him, as both a man and an artist, that made your senses positively ignite as you watched and listened to him. So began a long, successful career in music. I recall 1993 was the year Keith was divorcing as well. I was quite young had did not drive so I could not try to follow ELP around to get to meet Greg, who I somehow just knew he was this amazing person and would have loved to talk about his music endlessly. At the time I knew Greg, he was separated from Regina. in various ELP-related fan sites, such as Facebook’s Emerson, Lake On a lighter note my last few visits I’ve found lovely little muddy fox paw prints decorating the black marble. In 2001, Lake toured as a member of the seventh incarnation of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.. Quite a lot. what’s happening within the ELP community. Sinfield was also a founding member of King Crimson, who wrote various hits for other artists including 'The Land of Make Believe' by King Crimson and Celine Dion's 'Think Twice'. I’m just asking you what’s the best way to lose the weight? A heavy smoker for most of his life, Greg was smoking about three packs a day when I knew him in the early 1990s. Of course, as we all know, Greg and Regina got back together again. This slide show video is the tribute to Greg Lake who passed away on 7 December, 2016. Tomorrow, ELP fans all over the world will be lifting a glass to toast the man who was one of Progressive Rock’s founding fathers, and I will be among them. Unsure of what to do in such a public situation, I did the only thing one could do: I joined him! Profil: Born November 10, 1947 in Dorset, England and died December 7, 2016. I’m glad that you enjoyed my article on Greg Lake, and Adding to my discomfort was the fact that Greg was a smoker; a heavy smoker. Greg was born and raised in the English coastal community of Dorset, and the love of the sea was imprinted on his soul almost as strongly as his love of music. X. Hello Patricia, may be buried, and do they accept flowers? I get that same feeling when I hear Nights in White Satin by the MBs. Facebook, I’m certain that Becky Finkel will agree with me when I I haven’t the foggiest idea what became of those photos. The steroids he was taking to help control its symptoms were playing havoc on his body in every conceivable way, both in form and function. Pictures of people only please! Hello Shirley, I happened on your article today and greatly enjoyed reading it. Thanks again for stopping by, and sharing your thoughts However, I can fully assure you that it’s 100% TRUE; every word. Yes, I too can easily envision Greg wandering the Tutor court, OMG! 7 grudnia 2016 w Londynie) – brytyjski basista, gitarzysta, wokalista rockowy, kompozytor i producent znany z występów w progresywnych grupach King Crimson i Emerson, Lake and Palmer oraz kariery solowej. For many years there wasn’t enough money available after the war to rebuild public structures, much less private housing. The book has recently been published (‘Greg Lake: Lucky Man’) while we still await the release of the documentary, produced by Bob Harris. My family were among those!” His love for America, and especially Americans, is one of the things I remember most about Greg Lake. Jesus Christ!! In his CAR. I cannot offhand recall How lucky we all are! No one had the angelic voice that he had. flowers! Thank you so much for your kind reply; it really made my day! Wow ! during most of the 1990s was working far too many hours at my demanding If I endeavored to write a “romance novel” about my having known Greg Lake, I can assure you that it would have been VERY different from what I have reported in this memoir.
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