RIP Keith Emerson

21 Comments on RIP Keith Emerson

  1. That sucks. One of the very first albums I bought with my own money was Pictures at an Exhibition. I was nine. I still have the album. He was a great talent. RIP.

  2. RIP Keith. My favorite musician of all time. Just an amazing talent. Thanks for posting this Fanfare clip from Montreal….wonderful memories.

  3. OH man, I hated to see he killed himself-God Speed Keith-he was amazing-what a super career-he seemed to always top himself with his latest-never stale.

    Nice selection Fur-I always liked that one.

  4. Sorry to hear he’s gone. Great musician!

    I’m glad some of you like the ELP take on Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man but I can’t agree. Emerson should have called it something else, he missed the spirit and point completely. Not bad music, to be sure, but not Fanfare.

  5. I must be getting older, I actually appreciate the long orchestral influenced pieces much more than I ever use too.

    It’s easy to take talent for granted, till it’s gone.

    Lucky Man

  6. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

  7. @ Uncle Al

    TY for the info about Copeland. I knew nothing about him. I found it on You Tube. Star Gazer on his channel said: “This fanfare was written on request from Eugene Goossens, conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, in response to the US entry into the Second World War.” .

    Oh how much I learn from you people! Thanks.

  8. @Uncle Al. Thanks for pointing that out. I love Copland’s music, “Fanfare” is probably my favorite, but also Hoe-Down from Rodeo and Appalachian Spring. An American original.

  9. XM’s Deep Track channel 27 is playing ELP’s Fanfare For The Common Man (I love Aaron Copland’s music) as I’m writing this. That song and Take A Pebble are my favorites. And just speaking it, Take A Pebble just came up at 4:15 PST. Great music!

  10. i saw ELP two nights in a row in Chicago in ’77-’78. blew me away.

    somebody stole Keith’s organ between shows….it was returned.

    i also love Greg Lake’s voice

  11. I saw ELP at The Aud in Buffalo, circa 76/77; 13 bucks for the ticket, and the seats were in the nose-bleed section. What a great concert…now Keith is gone, and so is The Aud.


    I have most of the albums and still play them.

  12. I loved the Tarkus album cover & the story inside as a kid. From time to time I’d break our some elp. I’ve listed to Tarkus four or five time in the last couple of weeks. Another sad loss.

  13. Trilogy, Tarkus and Brain Salad Surgery. Fun trippy albums. Emerson was a killer keyboard artist. Lot’s of great musicians dying off this sad year so far.

  14. So sad Keith is gone. But glad to hear so many love Aaron Copeland’s music. I have loved it since I was a teenager. Two of my favorites, along with all those mentioned, are The Tender Land and the film score for The Heiress with Olivia DeHaviland. I watch that movie over and over just to hear the musical score.

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