|Another rough week for Rock: RIP: Sir George Martin, the "Fifth Beatle", and Keith Emerson of ELP!
||[Mar. 12th, 2016|11:00 pm]
Sir George really helped make the Beatles what they became. This tribute in Rolling Stone is quite interesting, contrasting his approach compared to Brian Epstein's. He was 91.
Keith Emerson took me by surprise. He was one of my 'introduction to rock' bands when back in the late '60s/early '70s my brother and I and some friends discovered a station wagon with boxes of LPs in the back. It was in a semi-demolished apartment complex, the car clearly abandoned and undriveable. There were albums by Elton John, King Crimson, Crosby Stills and Nash, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Moody Blues: it was an amazing find and totally changed my taste in music as my dad was an inveterate C&W listener and mom listened to whatever he did. I have no idea where my taste in classical came from.
Anyway, Keith passed Friday at 71. Comments to this Rolling Stone article (with auto-start music video) mention that he was diagnosed with cancer last year: apparently his death was a suicide and may have been from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In addition to Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Keith recorded with Greg Lake and Cozy Powell as Emerson, Lake and Powell and later got back together with Carl Palmer and recorded the album 3.
I don't have a lot of ELP on my phone, but I was able to put together a 15-20 song playlist and listen to it tonight while doing errands, we're in Phoenix right now for my mother's birthday so I don't have access to my full library.
Very sad. I would say that it's been a rough year for musicians, which it has, but I imagine that any given year there are lots of musician deaths.