Marty Grebb was a talented multi-instrumentalist who was a member of the Chicago pop rock band The Buckinghams from 1966 until 1968. The band needed a keyboard player and Grebb was with the band for their biggest hit songs including “Kind of a Drag.” After his Buckinghams stint, Grebb played with Bonnie Raitt for 25 years and worked with major musicians including Eric Clapton and Leon Russell. He also was a member of The Band tribute band, The Weight, which included former members of The Band and Levon Helm’s band.
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Died: Wednesday, January 1, 2020 (Who else died on January 1?)
Details of death: Died at the age of 74.
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What they said about him: “What a tragic beginning to a new year. I’m still stunned at the news of my longtime friend and musical collaborator, Marty Grebb’s sudden passing. I pray he is truly ’smooth sailin,’ free from his terrible pain and finally at peace. I send my love and deep condolences to all his beautiful family. I am very grateful to have had Marty in my band off and on from the middle ’70s through the early ’90s. He was an incredibly talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, equally home on keys, vocals, guitar and sax as he was one of the most soulful singers I’ve known.” —Bonnie Raitt
“Marty Grebb was truly an unsung hero in the musical world, especially that which came out of Chicago. So many people who came to the Arcada, whether a customer or an entertainer, knew Marty, respected him and loved him. And I don’t think he knew how much.” —Ron Onesti, owner of the Arcada Theater
Full obituary: The Daily Herald