10 November 1947, Poole, Dorset, England. Lake is a vocalist and bass guitarist of great ability. He started to play the guitar at the age of 12, earning small amounts of money by entertaining customers at his local bingo hall. At 15, he left school to pursue a career as a draughtsman, but by the age of 17 had played as a full-time musician with both Shame and the Gods. In 1968, he was contacted by Robert Fripp and Michael Giles, who had heard of his musical abilities and peculiar choir-like tone of his voice, and was invited to form King Crimson with them. With King Crimson, Lake played at the Rolling Stones Hyde Park free concert on 5 July 1969, and the high profile of this occasion guaranteed the band almost overnight fame. However, during the recording of In The Wake Of Poseidon, he left to join Emerson, Lake And Palmer. This trio quickly gained a reputation for being one of the most technically skilled bands of the 70s. Keith Emerson (keyboards) and Carl...
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