Created on Saturday, 12 March 2016 01:03
Keith Emerson, founding member and keyboardist of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died today (March 11, 2016). He was 71.
A pioneer in innovative and experimental keyboards, Emerson was one of the more popular owners of the Yamaha GX-1 synthesizer, along with Stevie Wonder and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.
"...I had a new toy. I had this big new keyboard. And Robert and I just got to rehearsals early, basically. [...] With Zeppelin writing, if you came up with good things, and everybody agreed that they were good things, they got used. There was no formula for writing. So Robert and I, by the time everybody turned up for rehearsals, we’d written three or four songs. So we started rehearsing those immediately, because they were something to be getting on with," John Paul Jones recalled.
Jones brought his GX-1 on stage in 1979, for the Copenhagen warmups and the two Knebworth shows for Kashmir and In The Evening, both featuring a very gritty, sine wave-sounding synth tone.
Despite only being used on the road for three months, John Paul Jones held on to the Yamaha GX-1 until 1987, when it was sold to Keith Emerson. Emerson’s GX-1 had been stored in his barn recording studio and damaged by a rogue tractor. Jones’ GX-1 was used for parts. Emerson’s GX-1 was later sold to Italian keyboardist, Riccardo Grotto.
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|February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England|
|February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.|
|February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40|
|February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.|
|February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident|
|February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin|
|February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name|
|February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios|
|February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair|
|February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth|
|February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.|
|February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour|
|February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems|
|February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue|
|February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert|
|February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston|
|February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales|
|February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk|
|February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour|
|February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage|
|February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines|
|February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories|
|February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour|
|February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank|
|February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.|