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Old 07-12-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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Rob Grill, lead singer of The Grass Roots, died Monday. He'd been suffering from the after-effects of a fall. He was 67.

Rob Grill of the Grass Roots dead at 67 - Celebrity Circuit - CBS News
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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Sad news. I read previously that the fall was result of suffering a stroke and then fell down a stairway. Apparently he had been in a coma for a while and just couldn't come out of it.

They amongst other 60's bands certainly weren't trendsetters but I give this band credit. They charted 29 singles, 13 of which went RIAA Gold. Two albums went RIAA Gold as well.

I was lucky to win free tickets to Flo and Eddie's Happy Together '85 Tour, which featured several other 60's bands. Included were backstage passes. Rob was very personable with other people who were able to secure passes, shaking hands and cheerfully signing autographs. I remember him remarking "We were lucky to have what success we had as a band. It was a great time then and we're having a great time now!"

Sad news indeed.
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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Sorry to hear this. I like The Grass Roots, and their Blue-Eyed Soul sound.


YouTube - ‪Grass Roots - Sooner Or Later [Good(+) quality / No mpg4 resolution]‬‏
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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RIP Mr. Grill . . .


The Grass Roots, "Let's Live For Today"


The Grass Roots, "The River is Wide"

I still think these are their two best records . . .
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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Sad news. I read previously that the fall was result of suffering a stroke and then fell down a stairway. Apparently he had been in a coma for a while and just couldn't come out of it.

They amongst other 60's bands certainly weren't trendsetters but I give this band credit. They charted 29 singles, 13 of which went RIAA Gold. Two albums went RIAA Gold as well.

I was lucky to win free tickets to Flo and Eddie's Happy Together '85 Tour, which featured several other 60's bands. Included were backstage passes. Rob was very personable with other people who were able to secure passes, shaking hands and cheerfully signing autographs. I remember him remarking "We were lucky to have what success we had as a band. It was a great time then and we're having a great time now!"

Sad news indeed.
another great story HH

I too alway's thought they had a nice sound. RIP
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:54 PM
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Default Rob Grill (1943 - 2011)

He will, no doubt, be missed out of all music circles and not just rock and roll. In my opinion, he gave his band an identity with his voice (an instrument all its own) and they cranked out some memorable and fantastic hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Some of their tunes were just flat-out legendary. But the man himself will definitely be missed and not forgotten.


Thanks, Rob, for bringing us some great '60s memories.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:37 PM
 
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This was one of my favorite Grass Roots songs. RIP Rob. He died just hours before a scheduled performance.

YouTube - ‪'Temptation Eyes' by The Grass Roots‬‏
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:06 PM
 
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When I was learning to drive I used my mom's car out in a field behind our house. I swear that every time I got behind the wheel Midnight Confessions was on the radio. It was the summer of 1969 and that song was all over the place. I'll always have a soft spot for these guys. A couple of years later there was a girl I was kinda stuck on in high school and every time I heard Temptation Eyes it made me think of her. Still does.

This was a band that got lost in the shuffle during my record buying career but I picked up a greatest hits comp sometime later and everything I could have wanted was right there. They seemed to be a singles oriented group, but they truly put out some good ones. Thanks guys and RIP Mr. Grill.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:26 PM
 
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RIP Mr. Grill . . .


The Grass Roots, "Let's Live For Today"


The Grass Roots, "The River is Wide"

I still think these are their two best records . . .
For sure. 2 classics!

A quick note on the Grassroots on some trivia I wasn't aware of until just a bit ago on NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams. Williiams had a real short seg on Rob Grill, then mentioned that one of the original members of the Grassroots is alive and well in the acting business-Creed Bratton. Bratton is in the cast of the NBC television show, The Office.

Two songs that unfortunately did not chart top ten that are worth seeking out are the 45's "Melody For You" and "Wake Up Wake Up". Both were released in early 1968. They're not on this specific compilation CD (which I have by the way) but they're great songs.
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Old 07-16-2011, 12:39 PM
 
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For sure. 2 classics!

A quick note on the Grassroots on some trivia I wasn't aware of until just a bit ago on NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams. Williiams had a real short seg on Rob Grill, then mentioned that one of the original members of the Grassroots is alive and well in the acting business-Creed Bratton. Bratton is in the cast of the NBC television show, The Office.

Two songs that unfortunately did not chart top ten that are worth seeking out are the 45's "Melody For You" and "Wake Up Wake Up". Both were released in early 1968. They're not on this specific compilation CD (which I have by the way) but they're great songs.
This one, the first hit under their name, was a jewel, too . . .


The Grass Roots, "Where Were You When I Needed You?"

The band has a slightly complicated history . . .

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The Grass Roots was originated by the writer/producer team of P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri as a pseudonym under which they would release a body of Byrds/Beau Brummels-style folk-rock. Sloan and Barri were contracted songwriters for Trousdale Music, the publishing arm of Dunhill Records, which wanted to cash in on the folk-rock boom of 1965. Dunhill asked Sloan and Barri to come up with this material, and a group alias under which they would release it. The resulting "Grass Roots" debut song, "Where Were You When I Needed You," sung by Sloan, was sent to a Los Angeles radio station, which began playing it. The problem was, there was no "Grass Roots." The next step was to recruit a band that could become the Grass Roots. Sloan found a San Francisco group called the Bedouins that seemed promising on the basis of their lead singer, Bill Fulton. Fulton recorded a new vocal over the backing tracks laid down for the P.F. Sloan version of the song. The Bedouins were, at first, content to put their future in the hands of Sloan and Barri as producers, despite the fact that the group was more blues-oriented than folk-rock. However, the rest of the group was offended when Fulton was told to record their debut single, a cover of Bob Dylan's "The Ballad of a Thin Man," backed by studio musicians. When that single, released in October of 1965, became only a modest hit, the Bedouins -- except for their drummer, Joel Larson -- departed for San Francisco, to re-form as the Unquenchable Thirst. Sloan and Barri continued to record. "Where Were You When I Needed You" was released in mid-'66 and peaked at number 28, but the album of the same name never charted.

Amid the machinations behind
Where Were You When I Needed You, no "real" Grass Roots band existed in 1966. A possible solution came along when a Los Angeles band called the 13th Floor submitted a demo tape to Dunhill. This group, consisting of Warren Entner (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Creed Bratton (lead guitar), Rob Grill (vocals, bass), and Rick Coonce (drums), was recruited and offered the choice of recording under their own name, or to take over the name the Grass Roots, put themselves in the hands of Sloan and Barri, and take advantage of the Grass Roots' track record. They chose the latter, with Rob Grill as primary lead vocalist. The first track cut by the new Grass Roots in the spring of 1967 was "Let's Live for Today," a new version of a song that had been an Italian hit, in a lighter, more up-tempo version, for a band called the Rokes. "Let's Live for Today" was an achingly beautiful, dramatic, and serious single and it shot into the Top Ten upon its release in the summer of 1967. An accompanying album, Let's Live for Today, only reached number 75. The group began spreading its wings in the studio with their next album, Feelings, recorded late in 1967, which emphasized the band's material over Sloan and Barri's. This was intended as their own statement of who they were, but it lacked the commercial appeal of anything on Let's Live for Today, sold poorly, and never yielded any hit singles. Eleven months went by before the group had another chart entry, and during that period, Sloan and Barri's partnership broke up, with Sloan departing for New York and an attempt at a performing career of his own. The band even considered splitting up as all of this was happening. The Grass Roots' return to the charts (with Barri producing), however, was a triumphant one -- in the late fall of 1968, "Midnight Confessions" reached number five on the charts and earned a gold record. "Midnight Confessions" showed the strong influence of Motown, and the R&B flavor of the song stuck with Barri and the band.

In April of 1969, Creed Bratton left the band, to be replaced by Denny Provisor on keyboards and Terry Furlong on lead guitar. Now a quintet, the Grass Roots went on cutting records without breaking stride, enjoying a string of Top 40 hits that ran into the early '70s, peaking with "Temptation Eyes" at number 15 in the summer of 1971. Coonce and Provisor left at the end of 1971, to be replaced by Reed Kailing on lead guitar, Virgil Webber on keyboards, and Joel Larson -- of the original Bedouins/Grass Roots outfit -- on drums. They arrived just in time to take advantage of the number 16 success of "Two Divided by Love," which was the last of the Grass Roots' big hits. The Grass Roots soldiered on for a few more years, reaching the Top 40 a couple of times in 1972, but their commercial success slowly slipped away during 1973.


---Bruce Eder, allmusic.com.
An underappreciated Grass Roots single . . .


The Grass Roots, "Bella Linda"
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