Keith Emerson (Todmorden2 november 1944) is a British musician, a virtuoso on the keyboards. He is best known as one of the three members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer.


[hide]*1 Biography


Keith Emerson was born in Todmorden, LancashireEngland. His father, Noel Emerson, was jazzpianist and played accordion in a British army band. He got the music with the spoon; in his own words, he made his own songs all at the age of three. After a move to Worthing in Sussex , a piano in the House, and soon developed Emerson turned to a virtuoso. Already at the age of 14, he was a local piano sensation. Some years later, after moved to London to be, did he play in the bands as "the v.i.p. 's" and "Gary Farr & the t-bones".

The Nice[Edit]Edit

In the second half of the 1960s put Emerson along with bassist/vocalist Lee Jackson, drummer Brian Davison , and guitarist David O'List on. "The Nice" first as backing band, later with own music, they played a private combination of classicalbluesjazz and rock. With this band Emerson took a number of LP's on.

Emerson played during performances in particular on the Hammond organ, and the beginning of the 1970s he was one of the first to the modular Moog-synthesizers used in the rock music. He was with Emerson, Lake & Palmer the first that the instrument also took with him on tour and played on stage. Emerson had a good relationship with Dr. Robert Moog, the creator of the instrument; There was a lot of mutual admiration for each other's can.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer[Edit]Edit

1970 was the end for "The Nice" and the beginning of a new initiative. Greg Lake wanted to leave at King Crimson, and previous contacts made that they were looking for a drummer and found in Carl Palmer."Emerson, Lake & Palmer" (ELP) was born and with their debut on the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 as a topper. The rock adaptation of Moesorgski's painting exhibition, ending with gunfire, made an overwhelming impression and their name was established.

This was followed by eight years of successes with ELP. Six Platinumalbums, and the top act on the California Jam festival in 1974 (with 500 000 man the largest concert). Turning point was in 1977, however, occur with a large Orchestra for a performance of Emersons Piano Concerto No. 1. Performing such a project was too much, organizational, but especially financially. After the debacle they had to again as three on tour, to update their balance. Two more albums were made, which do not apply as masterpieces from their repertoire, and they broke up in 1978; the spark that made the fire in 1970 which ELP was extinguished.

Each of the members went to work: Keith Emerson made his first solo album, which came out in 1980: "Honky". He released a second album which included a series of own interpretations of classic Christmas songs: "The Christmas Album".

Emerson has in the years after the break-up of ELP also dealt a lot with making music for movies and tv.

In 1985 were looking for Emerson again cooperation with Greg Lake. Carl Palmer had at that time other pursuits and was replaced by Cozy Powell. For a time, they performed with the three of us on and they made one album, after which the cooperation stopped. On your next project together with Carl Palmer was missing Greg Lake then again. Its place as bassist and vocalist was taken by Robert Berry. Under the name "3" they made one album.

In 1992 the trio reunited for a new album: "Black Moon". In the years after the three of them went on, until there came into existence in 1998 arguing about producing the album at that time, with the result that ELP again fell apart. In the meantime, or another number of albums: "Live at the Royal Albert Hall" in 1993, "In the Hot Seat" in 1994 and "Then And Now" in 1998.

In the new millennium is Emerson with two projects started. On the one hand, he has founded a band which should support him on his solo tour, the "Keith Emerson Band", and on the other hand, it is also "The Nice" come back together for a tour by England, with a new (live) album.


Emerson has multiple soundtracks created for film and tv, including:


Albums with a substantial contribution of Keith Emerson:

year artist title
1967 The Nice The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack
1968 The Nice Ars Longa Vita Brevis
1969 The Nice Nice
1970 The Nice Five Bridges
1970 The Nice Best of the Nice
1970 The Nice Elegy
1971 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1971 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tarkus
1971 The Nice Keith Emerson with the Nice
1972 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Pictures At An Exhibition
1972 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Trilogy
1973 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
1973 The Nice Obituary – the Nice
1974 Emerson, Lake & Palmer [ Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends –

Ladies & Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer]

1975 The Nice Immediate story
1977 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Works vol. 1
1977 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Works vol. 2
1978 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Love Beach
1979 Emerson, Lake & Palmer In Concert
1980 Emerson, Lake & Palmer The Best Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1985 Keith Emerson Honky
1987 Emerson, Lake & Powell Emerson, Lake & Powell
1988 3 To the Power of Three
1988 Keith Emerson The Christmas Album
1990 Keith Emerson Manhattan Project
1991 Emerson, Lake & Palmer The Atlantic Years
1992 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Black Moon
1993 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Live At The Royal Albert Hall
1993 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Return Of The Manticore-4 CD Boxed Set
1994 Emerson, Lake & Palmer In The Hot Seat
1996 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Works Live
1997 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
1997 Emerson, Lake & Palmer ELP In Concert On The King Biscuit Flower Hour
1998 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Then And Now
2000 The Nice Have a Nice Day
2001 The Nice Absolutely the Best-Keith Emerson & the Nice
2001 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Fanfare For The Common Man-The Anthology-2 CD
2001 Emerson, Lake & Palmer The Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults vol. 1
2001 Emerson, Lake & Palmer The Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults vol. 2
2002 The Nice Live at the BBC
2002 The Nice The Swedish Radio Sessions
2002 Keith Emerson Emerson plays Emerson
2003 Emerson, Lake & Palmer ELP Live in Poland-The Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults
2003 Emerson, Lake & Palmer ELP Best of the Bootlegs-The Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults
2003 The Nice Vivacitas (Live Glasgow ' 02)
2003 Emerson, Lake & Powell Live in Concert
2003 Emerson, Lake & Powell The Sprocket Sessions
2005 Keith Emerson Hammer it out
2005 Keith Emerson At the movies
2006 Keith Emerson Off the Shelf
2008 Keith Emerson Band Keith Emerson Band featuring Marc Bonilla


Keith Emersons autobiography: "Pictures of an Exhibitionist", Keith Emerson, Blake Publishing, 2003, ISBN 1904034799

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