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Carl Palmer

Carl PalmerAKA Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer

Born: 20-Mar-1950
Birthplace: Birmingham, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Musician

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Strongly influenced as a young player by Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, Carl Palmer began his drumming career at the age of 14. His reputation was already firmly established by the time he joined his first notable band: Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds, which also included guitarist Alvin Lee and keyboard-player Dave Greenslade. This was followed by a difficult period working with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, which led to the formation of Palmer's first successful band of his own, Atomic Rooster.

In 1970 Carl Palmer was inticed to leave his Rooster behind by Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, and the result was the most successful and enduring band of his career, Emerson, Lake and Palmer. ELP epitomized all that was both laudable and horrible of what became known as the "progressive" rock genre: remarkable musicianship and adventurous arrangements mingled with overblown -- sometimes completely ludicrous -- excesses. The first gasp of the band lasted until 1979, with intermittent reunions taking place after 1991.

In the gaps between activity in ELP, Palmer has worked with a number of other contexts, the most successful of which was Asia -- a band in which veterans from several of the most well-established "progressive" acts of the 70s came together to find enormous mainstream popularity. Personnel struggles and changes in popular taste quickly let the air out of Asia'a balloon, however, although numerous reunions and disbandings have taken place since the first collapse in 1985.

    The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Drummer (1968-69)
    Atomic Rooster Drummer (1969-70)
    Emerson, Lake and Palmer Drummer (1970-79 and 1991-98)
    Asia Drummer (1981-90)
    3 Drummer (1988-89)

    Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival (21-Feb-1997) · Himself

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