King Crimson - Did You Know?

King Crimson - Did You Know?December 26, 2018

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about English progressive rock band, King Crimson.




King Crimson are an English progressive rock band that was formed in 1968 in London.

They have influenced both the early 1970s progressive rock movement and various contemporary acts and artists. The band has undergone numerous formations throughout the years of which 22 musicians have been members.

Robert Fripp is the only consistent member of King Crimson and is considered the leader and driving force of the band. Since October 2017 the band has consisted of Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, Jakko JakszykMel Collins, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto, Bill Rieflin and Jeremy Stacey.

Here are a few interesting facts about King Crimson:

1. King Crimson turned down both Elton John and Brian Ferry (Roxy Music frontman) as lead singers before each of them got famous. Instead, Gordon Haskell and Boz Burrell were chosen for the band.

2. Robert Fripp employed lyric-writers, who didn't actually perform. Peter Sinfield (1969-1971) and Robert Palmer-Jones (1972-1974).

3. Greg Lake and Robert Fripp had the same guitar teacher and the two often practiced together.

4. Ian Mcdonald had never been in a rock band before and actually came from a military brass band.

King Crimson has earned a large cult following and has had a great influence on several generations of progressive and psychedelic rock bands. They have also influenced a lot of alternative metal, hardcore and experimental/noise band and musicians.  

King Crimsin is ranked on the No.87 spot of VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, and although considered to be a seminal progressive rock band, the band members have often distanced themselves from the genre.

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