December 8th is securing its place as a pivotal date for rock music. On this day in history, legendary Beatle John Lennon was murdered. 36 years later, the industry has lost another pioneering musician: Greg Lake.
Lake, who was a founding member of the English progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer, lost his battle with cancer at the age of 69. He achieved success with his early band King Crimson, followed by ELP, and then as a solo artist. Lake was a visionary for his contributions to the rock world as one third of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Along with Carl Palmer and Keith Emerson, the band made poetry through fusing rock, psychadelic, pop and classical styles, ultimately helping birth the progressive rock movement. As a solo artist, Lake’s career was equally impressive. He produced a now fan-favorite holiday tune, “I Believe in Father Christmas” and remained heavily involved in his music right up until his final year. Lake’s final album, Ride the Tiger, was released last year and he regularly performed on tour throughout the past decade.
In addition to Lake, the world mourns another English rocker today and has each year since 1980. John Lennon’s shocking death still resonates to this day, as millions are left to wonder how much more the iconic singer-songwriter could have contributed to music and pop culture if his life wasn’t taken so suddenly. While he tragically died young at the age of 40, Lennon had already moved mountains in his life. As a Beatle, Lennon was on top of the world between Beatlemania and his ability to strike gold with Paul McCartney as one of the best songwriting duos of all time. In his final decade, Lennon secured his place in history as one of the most influential musicians and activists, giving a voice to a lost and confused generation amid war and political turmoil. While he has been gone for 36 years now, the world is still remembering his lasting legacy and messages he sent through his music.
Although December 8 has been a rather unlucky day for the music industry, one rocker has found the silver lining. Mick Jagger has become a father for the eighth time today at 73 years young. The Rolling Stones frontman welcomed a son with 29-year-old girlfriend Melanie Hamrick. The news has sparked conversation globally, as Jagger’s eight children now range in age from a few hours old to 46.