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Greg Lake's legacy stretched beyond '70s prog rock with this tune

Published Dec. 12, 2016

It's been well documented, but the 2016 onslaught of deaths of musicians who excelled in the '80s continued again with the passing of Greg Lake. Most of the tributes that have come in for Lake have concentrated on his '70s work with Emerson, Lake & Palmer and King Crimson, but Greg Lake was alive and well in the '80s with Touch and Go with Emerson, Lake & Powell.

The '70s rock classics From The Beginning and Lucky Man were written and sung by Greg Lake as part of the prog rock pioneers Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The trio broke up at the end of the '70s only to retool as Emerson, Lake & Powell in 1986 with Cozy Powell replacing Carl Palmer on drums. Their single Touch And Go was a big hit on rock radio and peaked at No. 60 on the pop charts.

The video for Touch And Go is straight forward and I'm surprised with Lake's passing that this song hasn't been highlighted more since it did enjoy a revival after being in the SNL-spoof movie McGruber (a parody of the '80s TV show McGyver) in 2010. With Lake's passing on Dec. 7, that means that all three members of Emerson, Lake & Powell are now deceased as Greg Emerson passed away earlier this year and Powell died in an auto accident in 1998.

Lake also released three solo albums in the '80s with one of the singles hitting the Top 100. Here is a link to listen to Let Me Love You Once that hit No. 48 in late 1981 and would have been a sure-fire feature on Lost and Found earlier if Lake would have ever filmed a video for this great gooey ballad.


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