R. B.-Greaves-Obituary

R. B. Greaves


ANGELES (AP) - R. B. Greaves, a pop singer who had a 1969 hit with "Take a Letter, Maria," has died in Los Angeles. He was 68.

The coroner's office says Ronald Bertram Greaves died of prostate cancer on Sept. 27 at his home.

"Take a Letter, Maria," about a man's final letter to his cheating wife, hit No. 2 on the Billboard chart and went gold. The song, with its soul style and brassy horn edge, went on to sell more than 2.5 million copies and remains a popular oldie.

Greaves also broke into the Top 40 in 1970 with his version of "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me."

His career flagged in the 1970s, however.

Greaves was a nephew of the legendary R&B singer Sam Cooke.

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You were one of the kindest men I ever met. You were such a gentleman the evening I had dinner with you. You are missed!

bye Sonny

Thanks for the hits...you left your mark here.

Rest in peace, R.B.

I was blessed with knowing RB for a very short time in Albuquerque, NM. I worked at a music shop and he would stop by every now and then. I remember how happy he was that he had just bought a Gibson Robot guitar. First I was star struck then that quickly waned to respect and admiration. RB had such a pleasant, easy and open disposition. In spanish we call it "tranquilo." Big smiles and fun conversation every time. I was bummed to learn of his death today.

Remember what a staple that song was on WABC NY in 1969! Thanks for a wonderful memory! RIP RB! Condolences to your family, friends & fans! Joey.

You will always hold a special place in our hearts my dear friend. You will be missed. We love you. The Klepper Family

I remember that song as a little girl rest in peace