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RIP Keith Emerson

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by The Big Ragu, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    OK, I wasn't a huge fan. But Emerson Lake and Palmer was a radio staple of my childhood.

    When you put Emerson together with a Moog synthesizer. ... you were going to get something wild.

    It's kind of sad. It is being investigated as a possible suicide.

    Keith Emerson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer Keyboardist, Dead at 71
  2. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    He had nerve damage in his right hand that affected his ability to play. He shot himself.

    I saw them several times. "Pictures at an Exhibition" was an amazing show.

    Last edited: Mar 12, 2016
  3. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

    Friends who were more music-savvy than I told me ELP was electronic rock based on classical music. I listened, I liked, I bought (vinyl). My mom, of course, hated rock music but loved beautiful, classical music. Mantovani was a favorite. I had to drive her somewhere and I had ELP queued up in my 8-track (yes, snicker snicker) to the right spot. I told her it was music just like Mantovani when one of Emerson's piano solos came around. She loved it and swayed to the music.
    Another memory. A friend was a traditional drummer and worshipped Buddy Rich. I told him about Palmer and all of his percussion set up around him and what he he could do with it. My friend scoffed: "It's drumming, it's not gymnastics." Then he heard Palmer play and came around to appreciate him.
    Great band.
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