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King Crimson is a progressive rock group from England formed in 1969 by guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Michael Giles. Though originally an all-British musical group, later members have included a number of Americans, most notably Adrian Belew and Tony Levin.

The name King Crimson was coined by Peter Sinfield as a synonym for Beelzebub, prince of demons. According to Fripp, Beelzebub is an Anglicized form of the Arabic phrase Bil Sabab, meaning the man with an aim. However, the original name is understood to be from baal zebul, Lord of the Seat.

King Crimsons debut album In the Court of the Crimson King is considered by some to be one of the most influential albums of progressive rock. The first major success of the new genre of progressive rock, many bands that would come to dominate prog in the 1970s first sought to emulate In the Court of the Crimson King, including Genesis, The Alan Parsons Project, and later Rush. King Crimson continues to still have an influence on progressive rock today, with bands such as Tool and The Mars Volta citing them as influences.

The lineup of King Crimson has at times changed drastically from album to album. Original lead singer and bassist Greg Lake left the group—as did lyricist Peter Sinfield—and went on to fame with Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1970, replaced by Gordon Haskell, Boz Burrell, and, briefly, Jon Anderson of Yes. Also from Yes came drummer Bill Bruford, who joined King Crimson in 1972 and became one of the more enduring members. For the next three years, Bruford and Fripp were joined by future Asia frontman John Wetton.

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