I'm stunned as I write this. When I was a young kid back in the 1970's, one of the greatest progressive rock groups out there was Emerson, Lake and Palmer. In 1986 I was so excited that they made a new album called Emerson, Lake and Powell, with drummer Cozy Powell. He also sang on the earlier King Crimson albums on such songs as "Epitaph" [link]
. I really hadn't kept track of him in recent years, but I was shocked to hear that he died of cancer yesterday. Man, the guy had a set of pipes. Even The Simpsons had a scene where Homer was driving his car while listening to "Lucky Man" from Emerson, Lake and Palmer [link]
I think the first cassette of theirs I bought was a Greatest Hits cassette in college in 1982. I was then given a copy of "Brain Salad Surgery" by a girlfriend in 1984 [link]
. Much of my modern artwork was done to their music, listening to songs like "Fugue" [link]
. The news today is made even sadder after the suicide of their pianist Keith Emerson in March of this year. Only the drummer of this great group, Carl Palmer, is left. It's sad seeing these guys go nowadays. If you're not familiar with the group, they're worth checking out.