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Carl Palmer


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Handsworth, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom (20 March 1950 – present)

Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer (born 20 March 1950 in Handsworth, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom) is an drummer and percussionist. He is credited as one of the most respected rock drummers to emerge from the 1960s. In addition, Palmer is a veteran of a number of famous English bands, including The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Asia.

Palmer met up with two other young English musicians, Greg Lake, and Keith Emerson. The three felt an “immediate chemistry”, and by 1970 they had formed a band. In naming the new group, the trio chose their last names alphabetically - Emerson, Lake & Palmer, also shortened to ELP. The band was arguably the most successful band of Palmer’s career and he remained with ELP until they eventually disbanded in 1980. They developed a sound that merged , , , and and found fans within their peers and the public alike. During that time Palmer released only one single as a solo artist but went on to develop a solo career, alongside ELP and his other future bands. Emerson, Lake & Palmer subsequently reunited in the early 1990s and played the progressive rock circuit, especially in outdoor summer concerts. They also released two new studio albums. In 1998 the members of ELP had a rather acrimonious falling-out and Lake left the band.


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  • AmiRoses

    Virtuoso Award at the 2012 Progressive Rock Music Awards

    7 Sep 2012 Reply
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    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • jao_brother

    It's a shame that his solo career is somewhat unknown.

    27 Mar 2011 Reply
  • seintsent

    I look up to him.

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • PandaGetSad

    i like all sounds on their album, they are GR8

    11 Mar 2009 Reply
  • miguellAngell

    thank you very much! your concerts and clinic my fav band are: asia band!! elp too! rocking on

    22 Dec 2008 Reply
  • _Tarkus_

    Love the metal version of Trilogy. Almost sounds as if it was written for lead guitar. Not to say it matches the ELP version, but it works well with his new band.

    3 Oct 2007 Reply
  • weds

    Best Drummer ever

    31 Jan 2007 Reply
  • XAkitAX

    if i havent mistaken, carl has been in atomic rooster too? And even Arthur Brown!

    28 Sep 2006 Reply

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