ELP, Keith Emerson Suicide

SANTA MONICA, CA – Keyboardist, Keith Emerson of progressive rock’s first supergroup, Emerson, Lake and Palmer died late Thursday evening at the age of 71. The band consisted of Emerson, singer, bassist and producer, Greg Lake, and drummer percussionist Carl Palmer. The band originated in England and their unique blend of classical music, jazz and rock jettisoned the 1970s explosion of symphonic sound. Their style influenced other bands such as Procol Harum, Genesis, and YES, among others. ELP released nine albums – six platinum and five in Billboard 200’s top 10. Emerson’s longtime girlfriend, found him early Friday morning with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has officially ruled the death a suicide. Carl Palmer announced on the group’s website, “ Keith was a gentle soul…he was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz.”

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