Post by classic rock revival on Jul 12, 2011 14:58:02 GMT -6
Rob Grill, the former singer and bassist for rock group the Grass Roots, died Monday, July 11, in a hospice facility near Orlando, Fla. As CBS reports, he had reportedly been in a coma after a recent fall and had been suffering from prior health problems, including a stroke. He was 67.
Raised in Hollywood, Calif., Grill's career in music began when he started working at a studio with friends Cory Wells and John Kay, who would go on to form Three Dog Night and Steppenwolf, respectively. Grill then joined the Grass Roots, a band that was the brainchild of songwriting and producing team P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri. Alongside future 'Office' star Creed Bratton, Grill and the band had their first Top 10 hit in 1967 with 'Let's Live for Today.'
The next year, the band had their biggest hit with 'Midnight Confessions,' a horn-infused tune that featured Grill on co-lead vocals and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The hits kept coming, and through 1975, the band had 29 singles reach the charts, 13 of which went gold.
According to the Morning Call, Grill had been on the 'Happy Together Tour,' which includes such acts as the Turtles and Paul Revere and the Raiders, up until a few weeks ago. The Grass Roots' Mark Dawson told the blog that Grill died in his wife's arms while listening to 'Let's Live for Today,' his favorite of the band's songs.