Carl Palmer

Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer (born 20 March 1950) is an English drummer best known as a founding member of the supergroups Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Asia. He has toured with his own bands since 2001, including Palmer, the Carl Palmer Band, and currently, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy. He previously was a touring drummer for The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and a founding member of Atomic Rooster.

Palmer was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1989, and was awarded the Prog God Award at the 2017 Progressive Music Awards.

Palmer began taking drum lessons as a young boy. He took lessons with Britain’s best-known classical percussionist of the twentieth century, James Blades. His first band, formed with others from the Midlands area, was originally known as the King Bees, but changed its name to the Craig. In 1966, the band made its first record, “I Must Be Mad”, with flip side “Suspense”, produced by Larry Page. At this time, Palmer also did his first session work, playing on the song “Love Light” by the Chants, a group from Liverpool. Later in 1966, he was then invited to join Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds.

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