エマーソン、レイク＆パーマー（Emerson, Lake And Palmer）やキング・クリムゾン（King Crimson）での活躍でも知られるグレッグ・レイク（Greg Lake）が12月7日、癌のため死去。
"I Believe in Father Christmas" is a song by Greg Lake with lyrics by Peter Sinfield. Although it is often categorised as a Christmas song, this was not Lake's intention. Lake claims to have written the song in protest at the commercialisation of Christmas. Sinfield, however, claims that the words are about a loss of innocence and childhood belief.The song is often misinterpreted as an anti-religious song and, because of this, Lake was surprised at its success. As he stated in a Mojo magazine interview:
"I find it appalling when people say it's politically incorrect to talk about Christmas, you've got to talk about 'The Holiday Season'. Christmas was a time of family warmth and love. There was a feeling of forgiveness, acceptance. And I do believe in Father Christmas."
The instrumental riff between verses comes from the "Troika" portion of Sergei Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé Suite written for a 1934 Soviet film, Lieutenant Kijé, added at Keith Emerson's suggestion.
The song was recorded by Lake in 1974 and released separately from ELP in 1975, reaching number two in the UK charts. It was kept from number one by Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". Lake has commented: "I got beaten by one of the greatest records ever made. I would’ve been pissed off if I’d been beaten by Cliff (Richard)." However, orchestrator Godfrey Salmon was less charitable: "I was surprised the single wasn’t more successful. I thought 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was rubbish, and still do. When it got to No 1 before we’d even brought ours out, I thought it would be long gone by Christmas. How wrong can you get?"The record was rereleased in 1984 and 1986 making 84 and 98 respectively in the UK Singles Chart.