Formation of the first incarnation of wildly imaginative Brit explorational band King Crimson.
The original lineup includes guitarist Robert Fripp, bassist Greg Lake, Peter Sinfield on keys and Ian McDonald on winds and keys. It plays at the Rolling Stones July 5, 1969 free concert at Hyde Park. Debut album In the Court of the Crimson King is released on October 10.
This lineup plays its last show at the Fillmore West on Dec. 16, although all take part in second album In the Wake of Poseidon, released May 15, 1970. Lake leaves in early 1970 to become part of Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
In some ways a precursor of prog rock but immediately more daring, Crimson remains influential and a treat to hear.
Made on a $750,000 ‘budget’, produced by Quincy Jones, after 3 months it goes US#1 and stays there for 37 weeks. It easily remains the world’s best-selling album, at 100 million copies. Seven singles are released, including Billie Jean (Jones didn’t like it and it almost gets taken off the album) , and Beat It (for which — apart from his uncanny resemblance to Jackson — Weird Al thanks his lucky stars. ).
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