Gary Grainger

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Gary Grainger
Gary Grainger - LIVE 2009.jpg
Grainger in 2010.
Background information
Born Kilburn, London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Rock, pop, blues rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active Since 1972; 43 years ago (1972)
Associated acts Rod Stewart, Roger Daltrey, Jess Roden, Ringo Starr, Nick Lowe, Paul Young, B.A. Robertson, Kenney Jones, John Entwistle
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul, Fender Stratocaster, Zemaitis Custom

Gary Grainger (born 20th century) is an English rock, blues, jazz and pop songwriter and guitarist, most known for his work with Rod Stewart.[1]

He has also worked with


Gary Grainger has worked with Roger Daltrey,[4] Jess Roden, Ringo Starr,[3] Pete Townshend, Strider, Paul Carrack, Jim Capaldi,[3] Nick Lowe,[6] Paul Young, B.A. Robertson, Kenney Jones, Robert Hart, John Entwistle,[4] Ronnie Wood, Sam Brown, Bill Hurley, Danny Bowes and Damon Hill.

Gary Grainger's professional career took off with the formation of Strider. After two albums - "Misunderstood" and "Exposed" and two extensive tours with The Faces in 1974, Gary got his big break with Rod Stewart in 1976. The formation of The Rod Stewart group, including Jim Cregan, Phil Chen, Carmine Appice and Billy Peek, saw Grainger write key songs for the Albums Foot Loose & Fancy Free, Blondes Have More Fun and Foolish Behaviour.

After leaving Rod Stewart in 1981, Grainger began writing songs with Paul Young, prior to the release of Young's No Parlez album.

Throughout 1986 and 1987, Grainger worked with Roger Daltrey, with UK TV appearances on Number 73 and Saturday Live. Grainger also played on Daltrey's 1987 album, Can't Wait to See the Movie. When Daltrey resumed Who activity and suspended solo work, Grainger formed a band with Jimmy Copley and Jaz Lochrie.

Gary performed live and on TV appearances with Nick Lowe in support of Lowe's Party of One album in 1990. Grainger also appeared on Lowe's 1994 album The Impossible Bird.[6]

In 1991, Grainger formed The Humans with Jess Roden, Jim Capaldi, Bill Burke and Nick Graham. The Humans recorded their first batch of songs at John Entwistle's Hammerhead studios, with Bob Pridden as Producer/Engineer and they featured Steve Winwood on Hammond Organ. Only "Railroad Of Desire" was released from these recordings on 1995's self-titled album. The band performed regularly throughout the UK and Europe until the late 1990s.

In the mid-nineties Grainger was recruited to produce and play guitar for the Brit Pop band The Face at the request of The Who's long-time crew member Bob Pridden. He played on the original recordings, during which time, he recommended Zak Starkey for the sessions. For live shows, Grainger opted out and The Face used Gary Nuttall, who went on to become long-time guitarist for Robbie Williams.[9]

In 1998 Grainger formed Blues Club alongside Alan Rogan. Peter Hope-Evans of Medicine Head was on mouth organ and Kinks drummer Mick Avery joined. They were initially recorded and produced by Pete Townshend with Jess Roden on vocals. When Avery had other commitments, Chris Slade (AC/DC) joined on drums up until 2000. It was this line-up of Blues Club that appeared on BBC TV’s Casualty programme. Blues Club continued for another decade, with Gary's son Chris Grainger replacing Avery and Slade on drums.[10]

In 2000, Grainger received a call to work with Kenney Jones. Initially collaborating for some charity gigs, the band proved very popular and formed a more solid line-up featuring Boz Burrell on bass, Robert Hart on vocals. Formula One racing champion Damon Hill joined the band on many of the early gigs.[11] Their first recording was the charity single “It’s All About The Children” and was produced by the legendary Chris Kimsey. The single also featured Paul Young on vocals.

Grainger played at the Ronnie Lane 2004 Tribute at The Royal Albert Hall onstage with Kenney Jones, Sam Brown, Ronnie Wood and Pete Townshend.[12]

In 2007, Roger Daltrey played corporate shows in Canada. Grainger was asked to join, playing Townshend’s parts along with The Who’s touring band of Zak Starkey, John “Rabbit” Bundrick, Simon Townsend and Phil Spalding played bass.[13]

From 2010 to 2012, Grainger resumed working with Rod Stewart bandmate Jim Cregan in a project called "Apart From Rod". Touring the UK and Europe, "Apart From Rod" was a presentation of duo's large catalogue of hits that they had written for Stewart, including Grainger's songs Hot Legs, Passion and I Was Only Joking. Promotional activity for the band carried the tag-line "If you can't afford my ticket, go see these guys - they're just as good and half the price!..." - Rod Stewart (2011)[14]

Personal life[edit]

Grainger was born in London and grew up in London's Kilburn area. He has one son, Chris Grainger, who is a drummer.[15]



  • Misunderstood (1973)
  • Exposed (1974)

Rod Stewart[edit]

Roger Daltrey[edit]

Jess Roden and The Humans[edit]

  • Jess Roden and The Humans (1995)
  • Live at The Robin 1996 (2004)

Nick Lowe[edit]

The Jones Gang[edit]

  • Any Day Now (2005)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pagham's Gary Grainger celebrates Rod Stewart's classics in Southampton". Midhurst and Petworth Observer. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "About Rod - News, April 9, 2004: Feature: Ronnie Lane". Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Rhythm Festivals 2012
  4. ^ a b c d "MusicMight :: Artists :: STRIDER". Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "About Rod - News, April 9, 2004: Feature: Ronnie Lane". Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Gary Grainger Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "About Rod - News, April 9, 2004: Feature: Ronnie Lane". Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "About Rod - News, April 9, 2004: Feature: Ronnie Lane". Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Biography". Gary Nuttall. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  10. ^ Grainger, Chris. "Chris Grainger Biography". Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Big Face in Guildford- Room for Ravers". 2003-03-01. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  12. ^ "ABOUT ROD - News, April 9, 2004: FEATURE: Ronnie Lane". Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  13. ^ "Roger Daltrey concert videos". 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  14. ^ "Cregan and Co Home Page". Cregan & Co. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Chris Grainger website". Retrieved 16 October 2012. 

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