May 16, 1946: Robert Fripp Born

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Fripp at right on a 1974 album cover

Fripp at right on a 1974 album cover

Guitarist, songwriter and producer Robert Fripp was born On This Day in 1946 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England.  He is perhaps best known as a founding member of King Crimson, one of the leading lights of the progressive rock movement that Fripp has continued to keep going in various configurations up to the present.

King Crimson’s 1969 debut studio album, In the Court of the Crimson King, was widely influential. Over time, the band’s many members have included such well known performers as Greg Lake, Michael Giles, Bill Bruford, John Wetton, Adrian Belew and Tony Levin.

In addition to King Crimson and his solo albums, Fripp has collaborated with such other artists as Brian Eno, David Bowie (including the Heroes album), Peter Gabriel, Blondie and Talking Heads, among many others. Interesting fact: When Fripp started playing guitar at age 11 he was tone deaf and had no sense of rhythm.

Dates have been revealed for King Crimson‘s upcoming North American Radical Action Tour 2017, their first in three years. The first leg of the tour will run from June 11 (the Moore Theatre in Seattle) to July 15 (the second of two dates in Mexico City). The group also revealed, “there will be further dates in the autumn, to include New York City.” Tickets are available here and here.

Watch King Crimson perform in 2015

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