Greg Lake’s classic Christmas song, and other work, is available from Rugby record shop Just For The Record
The creator of the best Christmas song never to reach number one sadly passed away earlier this month. Greg Lake was a towering figure amongst the prog rock scene of the 60’s and 70’s, co-founding King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
Greg Lake was the lead singer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The group rarely released singles, and broke through the UK Top 40 only once, with Fanfare for the Common Man in 1977. The group were successful with studio albums, their first five studio albums all reached the Top 10 in the UK, and their first seven going gold in the US.
In 1975 Greg Lake released the solo single I Believe in Father Christmas, and tipped the UK charts at number two. Lake told Mojo magazine “I find it appalling when people say it’s politically incorrect to talk about Christmas, you’ve got to talk about ‘The Holiday Season.’ Christmas was a time of family warmth and love. There was a feeling of forgiveness, acceptance. And I do believe in Father Christmas.”
Some have hinted a re-release of the single before Christmas could rightfully place it in the position it deserves – number one. Sally Wolanski, owner of Rugby town vinyl shop Just For The Record would like to see this happen, and believes it can.
Sally unearthed some fabulous Emerson, Lake & Palmer and King Crimson records for us. Her collection of vinyl – all for sale – is a goldmine of rare, collectable and popular music. Located above Hunt’s bookshop, this corner of Rugby’s High Street is a hub of culture in the town.
Sitting amongst her carefully preserved pressings was the record everyone’s been talking about recently – I Believe in Father Christmas – an original copy.
If your interested in buying the original single, or browsing the many others in Sally’s collection, then visit the shop, above Hunt’s bookshop (accessed through the bookshop), on Rugby’s High Street.