King Crimson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": progressive rock experimental classic rock rock progressive Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Arguably progressive rock’s definitive exponents, King Crimson was formed in January 1969 out of the ashes of the eccentric Giles, Giles And Fripp. Robert Fripp (16 May 1946, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England; guitar) and Mike Giles (b. 1 March 1942, Bournemouth, Dorset, England; drums) were joined by Ian McDonald (b. 25 June 1946, London, England; keyboards), before former Gods member Greg Lake (b. 10 November 1947, Poole, Dorset, England; vocals/bass), completed the first official line-up. A fifth addition to the circle, Pete Sinfield, supplied lyrics to Fripp’s compositions. The band’s debut album, In The Court Of The Crimson King, drew ecstatic praise from critics and a glowing, well-publicized testimonial from the Who’s Pete Townshend. An expansive use of mellotron suggested a kinship with the Moody Blues, but Fripp’s complex chord progressions, and the collection’s fierce introduction ‘21st Century Schizoid Man’,...

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