Marty Grebb

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Marty Grebb
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Background information
Birth nameMartin Joseph Grebb[1]
Born(1945-09-02)September 2, 1945[2]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJanuary 1, 2020(2020-01-01) (aged 74)
GenresRock
Instrument(s)
  • Guitar
  • keyboards
  • saxophone
  • organ
  • piano
  • percussion
  • horn
Years active1965–2019

Martin Joseph Grebb[1] (September 2, 1945 – January 1, 2020) was an American keyboardist, guitarist, and saxophonist. A member of The Buckinghams in the late 1960s, Grebb was also a record producer and an arranger, who worked with musicians including Peter Cetera, Bill Payne, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Etta James, and Leon Russell.[3]

Early life[edit]

Marty Grebb was born and raised in Chicago. He began studying music after his eighth birthday. His early interest in music can be attributed to his father, Harry, who was a saxophonist and played in the big-band era, both on the road and in the clubs of Chicago. However, Marty chose piano as his first instrument, turning to saxophone only two years later.[4]

Career[edit]

The Buckinghams in 1968. Left to right: Dennis Tufano, Marty Grebb, John Poulos, Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna.

In 1966, a local band, The Buckinghams, required the services of a keyboardist, and Marty Grebb was asked to team up with them. Around this time, the band members were introduced to James William Guercio, a former bassist and road manager for Chad & Jeremy who found them a management contract with Ebbins-Guercio Associates. The band went on to have three (Billboard) and five (Cashbox) top-ten national selling singles and three top twenty albums with Marty Grebb for Columbia Records.[4]

After the Buckinghams, Grebb toured with a number of artists,[5] including Leon Russell, Elton John, Muddy Waters, and most notably Bonnie Raitt[6] as a member of her band for 25 years. He was also a touring member of Chicago in 1980 and 1981.

Later, Grebb was a member of The Weight Band, featuring former members and collaborators of The Band. Grebb contributed to The Band's Jericho and Jubilation albums. In July 2017, PBS's Infinity Hall Live program aired a televised performance by The Weight Band, featuring new music by the band.[7]

Grebb died on January 1, 2020.[8]

Solo discography[edit]

  • Smooth Sailin' (1999)
  • High Steppin (2009)

Albums featuring Marty Grebb[edit]

This is a partial discography:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Marty Grebb Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Archived from the original on November 11, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Eric Clapton and Band Collaborator Marty Grebb Dead at 74". Ultimate Classic Rock. Archived from the original on January 5, 2020. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "Marty Grebb | Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Marty Grebb Biography". Hammondb3.com. September 2, 1945. Archived from the original on January 21, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Balancia, Donna (May 22, 2015). "Remarkable Music and Life of Marty Grebb 'Guided From Above'". California Rocker. Archived from the original on August 9, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "Marty Grebb Biography". Hammondb3.com. Archived from the original on January 21, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "The Weight Band | Season 6 Episode 2 | Infinity Hall Live". Pbs.org. Archived from the original on August 17, 2017. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Marty Grebb, ex-Buckinghams member and journeyman session musician, dead at 73", WABX.net, January 3, 2020 Archived January 4, 2020, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved January 5, 2020