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Keith Emerson | Photo by Jordan Angel

According to news reports, Keith Emerson – keyboardist, composer and co-founder of prog rock icons Emerson, Lake and Palmer – passed away last night in his home in Santa Monica, California. He was 71 years old.

In an official statement, drummer Carl Palmer remembered his friend and bandmate:

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson. Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come. He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz. I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humor, compelling showmanship, and dedication to his musical craft. I am very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did, together. Rest in peace, Keith.

Below, listen to ELP’s 1970 debut.

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