Happy Birthday today (Nov. 2) to keyboardist Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer). He's 71. Also celebrating today is Poison bassist Bobby Dall (52).

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Emerson formed ELP out of London in 1970, along with singer/guitarist Greg Lake and drummer Carl Palmer. They were one of the most popular and commercially successful progressive rock bands of the 1970's. Emerson is widely regarded as one of the top keyboard players of the progressive rock era and one of the greatest, and most technically accomplished keyboardist's in rock history.

ELP's sound was dominated by the sound of Emerson's keyboard playing including the Hammond organ and Moog synthesizer. Following the breakup of ELP in 1979, Emerson had modest success with Emerson, Lake & Powell (with drummer Cozy Powell) in the 1980's. Emerson, Lake & Palmer reunited in the early 1990's and released an album called Black Moon in 1992. I recall seeing Emerson, Lake & Palmer in concert, playing to a full house at The Chance in Poughkeepsie in summer of 1998. The band broke up again after the summer 1998 tour and would once again reunite for a 40th anniversary concert in London in 2010. For more on Keith Emerson, check out his official website here.