Robert Greenidge

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Robert Greenidge (born 28 April 1950 in Success Village, Laventille, Trinidad) is a steelpan player in the United States and a member of popular music singer Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band and the instrumental group Club Trini.


Greenidge began performing as a pannist at age eight and performed internationally beginning in his teens. He represented Trinidad and Tobago as a soloist and a member of Trinidad and Tobago National Steel Orchestra in 1970 and in 1971 migrated to the United States where he studied and played music.[citation needed]

In the 1970s, he performed with numerous well-established acts such as Maurice White, Earth Wind and Fire, Harry Nilsson, John Lennon and Ringo Starr and was featured on the Lennon song "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" from the Double Fantasy album. He continued to work in his native country and has played the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival every year since 1979. He won the national steelband competition Panorama twice with the Desperadoes Steel Orchestra in 1991 and 1994, both times with his own compositions.

In 1982, Greenidge recorded with JJ Cale on Grasshopper.

From 1978 to 1983, he played and toured with blues singer Taj Mahal. In 1983, Greenidge played on Jimmy Buffett's One Particular Harbour and has performed and recorded with the Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band ever since.

In 1986, Greenidge released his own album, Mad Music, with fellow Coral Reefer Michael Utley. He has continued to record with Utley as Club Trini.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Robert Greenidge among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[1]

Select discography[edit]

  • Winelight, Grover Washington Jr. (1980 Elecktra)
  • Taj Mahal, Music Fuh Ya' (Musica Para Tu)
  • Mad Music — Robert Greenidge and Michael Utley (1986; MCA)
  • Jubilee — Robert Greenidge and Michael Utley (1987; MCA 42045)
  • Heat — Robert Greenidge and Michael Utley (1988; MCA)
  • Margaritaville Cafe: Late Night Menu — Various Performers (1993; Margaritaville)
  • Caribbean Paradise — Dennis Desouza (1994; Wirl)
  • It's Christmas Mon! Steel Pan Music Christmas — Robert Greenidge (1995; Intersound 3529)
  • Club Trini — Greenidge/Utley - Club Trini (1996; Margaritaville 531041)
  • Back in Town — Greenidge/Utley - Club Trini (1999; Club Trini Records)
  • Margaritaville Cafe: Late Night Live — Club Trini (2000)
  • From the Heart — Greenidge/Utley — Club Trini (2003)

"A Coral Reefer Christmas" – Robert Greenidge (2010)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rosen, Jody (25 June 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2019.

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