Greg Errico

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Greg Errico
Birth nameGreg Errico
Born (1948-09-01) September 1, 1948 (age 71)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
GenresSoul, funk, R&B, jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, producer
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1965–present
Associated actsSly and the Family Stone, Weather Report

Greg Errico (born September 1, 1948[1]) is an American musician and record producer, best known as the drummer for the popular and influential psychedelic soul/funk band Sly and the Family Stone.[2]


Errico was born in San Francisco, California.[3] His cousins include saxophonist Jerry Martini[4] and drummer Jan Errico,[5] who was the drummer in two prominent Bay area bands, The Vejtables and The Mojo Men.[6] 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.[3]

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 joined the David Bowie band for his Diamond Dogs 1974 tour of the US during September 1974.[7]

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.[8]

Over his career, Errico has played a variety of drum sets, including Ludwig and Yamaha. He currently plays DW drums and Paiste cymbals.

A 2014 scientific paper states that Errico is the musician with the highest degree and Pagerank centralities, and the second highest Eigenvector centrality, of all musicians of all time.[9]



  1. ^ Greg Errico at AllMusic. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  2. ^ Greg Errico interview at Sound Colour Vibration, July 23, 2011. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Sly and the Family Stone at bay-area-bands. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Sly: The Lives of Sylvester Stewart and Sly Stone, By Eddie Santiago - Page 34
  5. ^ NPR, August 18, 2011 - Sly Stone: The Early Days In The East Bay - Ed Ward
  6. ^ The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History, By Tony Sclafani - The Vejtables
  7. ^ Griffin, Roger (201). David Bowie: The Golden Years. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-8571-2875-1.
  8. ^ Sly and the Family Stone at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
  9. ^ Study on social connectedness of contemporary musicians. Retrieved October 1, 2018.

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