Cops and Rockers: Greg Lake Arrested for Skinny-Dipping in 1974

Matt Dolloff / 100.7 WZLX

Where was Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer (and formerly of King Crimson) on the night of January 30, 1974? Skinny-dipping in a hotel pool…And not long after that, sitting in a jail cell.

Lake will always be known as a great bassist and vocalist from his work with King Crimson and later Emerson, Lake And Palmer, and his off-the-charts technical chops. You don’t gain that kind of recognition without being in two of the best prog bands of the 1970s.

But Lake was also a bit of an eccentric and incendiary personality in his time. Whatever lyrics he did write for ELP were often painstakingly researched and revised to the point of angering his bandmates, and were sometimes anti-Christianity (like in “Hallowed Be Thy Name”).

So it’s no surprise he would one night decide to take a dip in a hotel swimming pool…Nude. In plain sight. And it’s also not shocking that his actions got him arrested, especially considering he was in the Mormon-heavy area of Salt Lake City where such lewd behavior would obviously be condemned.

Good thing he played so much great bass in his career, or else his little swim would be his most famous moment.



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