In remembrance of the death of Keith Emerson, I thought we would celebrate his musical career by playing Fanfare For The Common Man from the group’s 1977 Works Volume I album. Adapted by Keith Emerson from Aaron Copland’s 1942 piece of the same name, it is one of their most popular and enduring pieces.
An edited version, closer to Copland’s original three minutes, was released May 1977 as a single and became ELP’s most popular release. The “B” side of the single was the song Brain Salad Surgery, recorded during the sessions for the album of the same name but not released until Works Volume 2.
The instrumental reworking of Fanfare became the third bestselling instrumental track ever and still holds that honour to this day.
RIP Keith Emerson…