Keith Emerson

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Born: 11/02/1944

Filmography

Music (7)

MacGruber 2010 (Movie)

("Touch And Go") (Song)

The Church 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Best Revenge 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Nighthawks 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Nighthawks 1981 (Movie)

("I'm a Man") (Song Performer)

Inferno 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Inferno 1978 (Movie)

(Music Arranger)
Actor (2)

Moog 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer in Concert 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Milestones

2007

Opened for Led Zeppelin reunion in London

2004

Emerson toured and recorded with Keith Emerson Band

1998

ELP disbanded a second time

1991

Reunited with ELP

1980

ELP disbanded; Emerson launches career as soundtrack composer

1973

Gold record for their fourth album, Brain Salad Surgery

1970

Scored No. 1 UK album with ELP's Tarkus 

1969

Left the Nice to form Emerson, Lake and Palmer

1967

Joined the Nice

Popular songs include "I Saw Three Ships".

Known for such albums as "Keith Emerson Band Featuring Marc Bonilla"

Bonus Trivia

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His use and support of the Moog synthisizer was critical to the company's development of new instruments, and he often played early prototypes like the Constellation, a three-keyboard polyphonic synthisizer.

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In the late 1960s, future Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister was a roadier for the Nice and gave Emerson the dagger that he would often hurl at his Hammond organ during shows.

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Emerson's Yamaha GX-1 synthesizer was so large that it required eight roadies to move it.

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His interest in the Hammond organ came after hearing jazz musician Brother Jack McDuff.

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ELP rose to fame shortly after their appearance at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, where they fired cannons from the stage as part of their show.

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At the height of ELP's fame, Emerson would frequently take part in a stunt which found him at a piano that was raised 15 to 20 feet in the air and turned end over end while he played it. Jazz great Dave Brubeck was reportedly a fan of this particular stunt.

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With ex-Rainbow drummer Cozy Powell, Emerson and Greg Lake formed the short-lived Emerson, Lake and Powell in 1986.

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In 1990, he briefly toured with John Entwhistle, Joe Walsh and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter in a supergroup called The Best.

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Emerson was joined by Chris Squire and Alan White of yes and Bad Company's Simon Kirke as the opening act for the Led Zeppelin reunion at the 02 Arena in London in 2007.

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Wrote his autobiography, Pictures of an Exhibitionist, in 2004, and was working on a film version at the time of his death.

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