The British keyboardist formed superband Emerson, Lake and Palmer – one of the most famous progressive rock bands of the 1970s.
He passed away on Thursday night at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, his management company said.
Emerson, born in Todmorden, Yorkshire, was the founding member and keyboardist of British superband Emerson, Lake and Palmer – one of the most famous progressive rock bands of the 1970s.
“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 humour, compelling showmanship and dedication to his musical craft.”
After splitting several times over the decades, ELP reunited for a last tour in 2010, playing their final gig at London’s High Voltage Festival to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
He helped form The Nice in 1967 before starting ELP in 1970 with former King Crimson guitarist Greg Lake and drummer Carl Palmer.