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Carl Palmer: Survivor

Carl Palmer on selling his soul, groupies and dealing with a tiger

Carl Palmer had previously been in other bands, most notably The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster at the tail end of the 60s (he had left the latter by the time of their hit singles Tomorrow Night and The Devil’s Answer).

But it was when he joined ex-Nice keyboard player Keith Emerson and ex-King Crimson bassist/vocalist Greg Lake in the instrumentally bulging Emerson Lake And Palmer in 1970 that the drummer was thrust into the limelight of international superstardom.

Following the release of ELP’s self-titled debut album in 1970, the band rode a wave of commercial success with albums such as Tarkus (71), Trilogy (72) and Brain Salad Surgery (73), until they disbanded in 1979. (The three musicians would regroup in 1992 to record and tour again.) 

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