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Keith Emerson to be honoured with blue plaque in Worthing

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Prog rock legend Keith Emerson is to be honoured with a blue plaque at Worthing Assembly Hall this Saturday, March 14.

Worthing Assembly Hall was the scene of Emerson's first ever public appearance competing in Worthing Music Festival’s piano sections as a child. Although born in West Riding in Yorkshire, the young Emerson grew up in Worthing. Throughout his school days he recalled being taken there to see various classical concerts at the Assembly Hall, which he readily admitted had an impact on his future career.

He went on to perform there himself with a number of bands in his youth and his first steps into a professional career. Growing up in the town and having close family local, Keith never lost touch with his roots. When he heard that The Assembly Hall might lose its wonderful Wurlitzer Organ he offered his H.R. Giger print of Brain Salad Surgery signed by himself, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer, to Councillor Alan Rice as a donation towards saving the magnificent instrument.

The unveiling of the plaque takes place at 1pm this Saturday March 14 at the Worthing Assembly Hall.

Keith Emerson

(Image credit: The Worthing Society)
Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.