Lucky Man
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
ELP 1971 Lucky Man Knife Edge 45

He had white Horses
And ladies by the score
All dressed in satin
And waiting by the door

Ooooh, what a lucky man he was
Ooooh, what a lucky man he was

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971
  • the single was reissued in 1973 - it charted at No. 51
  • from ELP's debut album, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970)
  • written by Greg Lake - "I wrote 'Lucky Man' when I was 12 years old. My mother bought me a guitar, and I learned four chords, which were D, G, Am and Em. I wrote the song with those four chords."
  • Greg Lake: "Lucky Man was an afterthought on the first ELP album. We'd been in the studio for a month or six weeks. We'd finished the album. We recorded all of the material we had and we were still one song I came up with this track 'Lucky Man' - something I wrote when I was twelve years old. It was a sort of folk song. Keith couldn't find a way to play it, so then I made the record more or less on my own - just piled on the guitars, bass, multi-voices I put on it. And in the end it sounded pretty good. At that point Keith felt he would try putting a part on it. And that's when we tried the Moog synthesizer on the end. And of course that solo became world famous."
  • produced by Greg Lake 
  • recorded at Advision Studios, London, England
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