|Birth name||Greg Errico|
September 1, 1948|
San Francisco, US
|Genres||Soul, funk, R&B, jazz|
|Associated acts||Sly and the Family Stone, Weather Report|
Errico was born in San Francisco, California. His cousins include saxophonist Jerry Martini and drummer Jan Errico, who was the drummer in two prominent Bay area bands, The Vejtables and The Mojo Men. Errico was the original drummer for the Sly & The Family Stone, and in 1971 he became the first member to quit the group, citing the band's continuing turmoil.
Errico toured with jazz-fusion group Weather Report in 1973, but never recorded with the group. His playing can be heard on live recordings hosted at the website Wolfgang's Vault. Joe Zawinul said that no one could play his tune "Boogie Woogie Waltz" better than Errico had.
Errico later collaborated with bands such as Santana, and the Grateful Dead. In the early 1980s, he was the drummer of the Jerry Garcia Band. He also worked with Larry Graham from Sly & The Family Stone, plus members of the Tower of Power horns, Journey and the Pointer Sisters on an album for Betty Davis.
Errico still lives in the Bay Area, and continues to play and produce. One of his recent projects was producing the Jamie Davis big band album. He also played at the 2006 Grammy Awards, in the Sly & the Family Stone tribute, alongside most of his former bandmates. In recent years he has played drums for the reformed Quicksilver Messenger Service.
As a member of Sly and the Family Stone, Errico played at Woodstock, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. He continues to tour, with The Family Stone, alongside fellow founding member of Sly and the Family Stone Jerry Martini (saxophone). This band also included former Sly and the Family Stone member Cynthia Robinson (trumpet) before she died in 2015.
- A Whole New Thing – Sly and the Family Stone (1967)
- Dance to the Music – Sly and the Family Stone (1968)
- Life – Sly and the Family Stone (1968)
- Stand! – Sly and the Family Stone (1969)
- Woodstock – various artists (1970)
- There's a Riot Goin' On – Sly and the Family Stone (1971)
- Rolling Thunder – Mickey Hart (1972)
- Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live! – Carlos Santana and Buddy Miles (1972)
- Betty Davis – Betty Davis (1973)
- Monkey Grip – Bill Wyman (1974)
- David Soul – David Soul (1976)
- Lee Oskar – Lee Oskar (1976)
- Stone Alone – Bill Wyman (1976)
- Giants – Giants (1978)
- Before the Rain – Lee Oskar (1978)
- Say It with Silence – Hubert Laws (1978)
- My Road, Our Road – Lee Oskar (1980)
- The Apocalypse Now Sessions – Rhythm Devils (1980)
- Watchfire – Pete Sears (1988)
- Snakes & Stripes – Harvey Mandel (1995)
- Seven – Enuff Z'nuff (1997)
- Red Clay Harvest – Cravin' Melon (1998)
- The Closing of Winterland – Grateful Dead (2003)
- Garcia Live Volume Five – Jerry Garcia Band (2014)
- Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles '74) - David Bowie (2017)
- Greg Errico at AllMusic. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- Greg Errico interview at Sound Colour Vibration, July 23, 2011. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- Sly and the Family Stone at bay-area-bands. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- Sly: The Lives of Sylvester Stewart and Sly Stone, By Eddie Santiago - Page 34
- NPR, August 18, 2011 - Sly Stone: The Early Days In The East Bay - Ed Ward
- The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History, By Tony Sclafani - The Vejtables
- Griffin, Roger (201). David Bowie: The Golden Years. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-8571-2875-1.
- Sly and the Family Stone at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- Greg Errico on Unity Music