3 (1980s band)

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3 in 1988, from left to right, Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer and Robert Berry
3 in 1988, from left to right, Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer and Robert Berry
Background information
Also known asEmerson, Berry & Palmer
OriginLondon, England
GenresProgressive rock
Years active1988–1989
Past membersRobert Berry
Keith Emerson
Carl Palmer

3 (sometimes referred to as Emerson, Berry & Palmer) were a short-lived progressive rock band formed by former Emerson, Lake & Palmer members Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer and American multi-instrumentalist Robert Berry in 1988.[1]

After one album, To the Power of Three, 3 split up. Emerson & Palmer reunited with Greg Lake for 1992's Black Moon and Berry would form Alliance.

They performed live, as "Emerson and Palmer" (Berry was onstage but unnamed), at the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert in 1988, broadcast on HBO, but only performed a long medley instrumental set including Fanfare for the Common Man, Leonard Bernstein's America, and Dave Brubeck's Blue Rondo, which later became an ELP encore in their 1990s concerts. They did not perform any original ELP material without Lake, nor did they perform any 3 songs since the band's label was Geffen Records.[citation needed]

3 performed at live venues to support their album, sometime in 1988. The three studio musicians were sometimes augmented by Paul Keller on guitar, Debra Parks and Jennifer Steele on backing vocals. Their setlist mainly consisted of material from their album, including "Runaway" and an extended jam version of the cover song "Eight Miles High". The group did a different arrangement of "Desde La Vida". The band did long instrumental jams based on music ELP covered including "Hoedown" & "Fanfare for the Common Man", but did not do any original ELP compositions. A long, elaborate cover of The Four Tops' "Standing in the Shadows of Love" was also included in the set.[citation needed]

Two live albums were released many years later, both on Rock Beat Records: Live Boston 88 (2015) and Live - Rockin' The Ritz (2017).

In October 2015, Emerson and Berry signed a contract with Frontiers Records to record a follow-up album at last, to be called 3.2. Emerson's death in March of the following year put a halt to that project. However, in July 2018, Berry released (as 3.2) The Rules Have Changed, built from musical ideas contributed by Emerson, but produced and performed entirely by Berry. A second 3.2 album, Third Impression, was released in 2021.

Band members[edit]

Live members[edit]

  • Paul Keller – guitars (1988–1989)
  • Debra Parks - backing vocals (1988-1989)
  • Jennifer Steele – backing vocals (1988–1989)


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details
1988 To the Power of Three
2018 The Rules Have Changed
2021 Third Impression


Year Single details
1988 "Talkin' Bout"


  1. ^ a b c Strong, Martin Charles (2006). The Essential Rock Discography: Complete Discographies Listing Every Track Recorded by More Than 1,200 Artists. Canongate. p. 363. ISBN 9781841958606. OCLC 444567144.

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