Rick Grech

Real Name:
Richard Roman Grechko
Profile:
Richard Roman Grech, Born November 1, 1946, Bordeaux, France. Passed March 17, 1990, Leicester, England.

A fine, multi-talented musician, Rick played bass guitar as well as other stringed instruments during his career. Most noted for his involvement with Blind Faith, he also was a key player in the British folk/rock group called the 'Family'. Upon contacts within the Island Records organisation, Ric became acquainted with Stevie Winwood, which led to partying and jamming with Winwood and Clapton. Grech moved beyond Blind Faith, collaborating with Winwood and others in Ginger Baker's Airforce in early 1970, then with Winwood into the reincarnation of Traffic in late 1970, and participated in numerous sessions. Standouts are the Muddy Waters London Sessions, Gram Parsons' efforts following the Flying Burrito Brothers, a short stint with The Crickets (reformed in 1973, 14 years following Buddy Holly's passing), and an interesting experimental effort with Michael Bloomfield & Ansley Dunbar. Eventually Grech grew tired of the rock scene and retired in 1977, returning to Leicester to sell carpet. He eventually developed a drinking problem, and on March 17, 1990 he died of liver and kidney failure at the age of 43.
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Albums

ILPS 9166 Rick Grech - Welcome To The Canteen album art Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason, Chris Wood (2), Rick Grech, ''Reebop'' Kwaku Baah*, Jim Gordon Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason, Chris Wood (2), Rick Grech, ''Reebop'' Kwaku Baah*, Jim Gordon - Welcome To The Canteen (Album) Island Records ILPS 9166 UK 1971 Sell This Version
RL 23-2 Rick Grech - Welcome To The Canteen / 'Nuff Said album art Steve Winwood, Rick Grech, Dave Mason, Jim Gordon, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood (2), "Reebop" Kwaku Baah* / Ike & Tina Turner Steve Winwood, Rick Grech, Dave Mason, Jim Gordon, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood (2), "Reebop" Kwaku Baah* / Ike & Tina Turner - Welcome To The Canteen / 'Nuff Said(LP, Transcription) Afrts RL 23-2 US 1972 Sell This Version
32 16 016 Rick Grech - Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert album art Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Rick Grech, Jim Capaldi, Ronnie Wood*, Jimmy Karstein, Steve Winwood Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Rick Grech, Jim Capaldi, Ronnie Wood*, Jimmy Karstein, Steve Winwood - Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert(Cass, Album) RSO 32 16 016 Spain 1973 Sell This Version
ATL 50 029 Rick Grech - E.H. In The U.K. album art Eddie Harris With Stevie Winwood*, Jeff Beck, Ian Paice, Albert Lee, Rick Grech, Tony Kaye, Chris Squire Eddie Harris With Stevie Winwood*, Jeff Beck, Ian Paice, Albert Lee, Rick Grech, Tony Kaye, Chris Squire - E.H. In The U.K. (Album) Atlantic ATL 50 029 Germany 1974 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

10.467-A, 10.467 - A Rick Grech - Gimme Some Lovin' album art Steve Winwood / Jim Capaldi / Dave Mason / Chris Wood (2) / Rick Grech / "Reebop" Kwaku Baah* / Jim Gordon Steve Winwood / Jim Capaldi / Dave Mason / Chris Wood (2) / Rick Grech / "Reebop" Kwaku Baah* / Jim Gordon - Gimme Some Lovin' (Single) Island Records, Island Records 10.467-A, 10.467 - A Spain 1971 Sell This Version

Compilations

2394 111 Rick Grech - The Last Five Years album art Rick Grech The Last Five Years (Comp, Album) RSO 2394 111 France 1973 Sell This Version