Rest in Peace- Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson

Apologies for opening my big mouth or actually typing fingers. When mikeledano posted about the death of Beatles producer George Martin, I commented that I hoped that March wasn’t going to be a repeat of January when we had so many rock legends taken from us. Well, it looks like March is going to follow January because just days after Martin’s passing, I was very saddened to read about the passing of 1970s progressive rock legend, Keith Emerson. According to internet reports, Keith died, aged 71, from a self inflicted gunshot wound at his home in California.

Keith Emerson was one third of the great progressive rock band, Emerson, Lake and Palmer. For many of us who lived in the 70s, they were the chosen gods of progressive rock. Great hits like, “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Lucky Man” are still fondly remembered. Keith played keyboards and many would agree with me that he was a true wizard at his chosen instrument. Just listen to “Fanfare for the Common Man” and you’ll see what I mean. In the 80s, he reunited with Greg Lake and with drummer Cozy Powell, formed ELP. I’ll definitely be visiting those albums.

I never saw them but  Emerson Lake and Palmer were said to be amazing live!

I never saw them but Emerson Lake and Palmer were said to be amazing live!

Tributes are already pouring in for Keith, including those by both former band mates. Thus, it only leaves me to say Rest in Peace, Keith and thank you for your great skills and contribution to music over the years.




6 Responses to “Rest in Peace- Keith Emerson”

  1. Wow. I’m just giving some ELP (both versions) a spin this afternoon. Randy Meisner’s wife died of a gunshot wound in the same week.

    I haven’t followed him since the 80’s. I can only assume his demons got the better of him.

    The musical world is a little weaker today.



  2. Man, another one! I just played Tarkus again to celebrate him.


  3. Man, 2016 has been rough for Rock ‘N Roll. I realize so many of our Rock legends are getting up in age, still, this is ridiculous. 😦 Turning 70 does not sound old to me anymore… you know what I mean?


    • I know what you mean, especially as both of my parents are in their 70s. In Keith’s case, apparently he was being stalked by online trolls that led to him committing suicide. Shame but 2016 is really starting to suck!


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