- The Grease Band
The Grease Band was a rock band that evolved out of
Joe Cocker's backing band. They recorded two albums in the 1970s. They are probably most widely known for their performance of The Beatles song, " With a Little Help from My Friends", with Joe Cocker at the Woodstock Festivalin 1969. With respect to their self-titled first album, reviewer Joe Viglione said "...though this is far from commercial, it is important to have this document of the guys who made magic behind Joe Cocker in 1969 and Marianne Faithfullin the mid-'70s. ...Recorded in London, it is vintage stuff, and 100 years from its making will no doubt be respected for the historic and studious record that it is." [Joe Viglione, [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wifixqu5ldae Review of "The Grease Band"] ; www.allmusic.com.]
The keyboard player was
Chris Stainton, another Sheffieldborn man (known to his friends as Robin) who went on to tour extensively with Eric Clapton. The bassistwas Alan Spenner, who went on to play in the UK white souloutfit Kokomo, with rhythm guitarist Neil Hubbard. Spenner is rumoured to be the first white man to be offered a session job at Motown Records. Drummer Bruce Rowland later joined Fairport Conventionfrom 1975 through 1979. Henry McCulloughwas the lead guitarist, a role he later occupied in Paul McCartney's Wings, and continues today as a solo artist. [See [http://homepage.ntlworld.com/oldflattop/ardsweb2004/henryweb2004/hmcc_BIOOGRAPHY.htm Biography of Henry McCullough] ; www.henrymccullough.com.]
[http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wifixqu5ldae "The Grease Band"] (Shelter, 1971)
[http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:hzftxq85ldke "Amazing Grease"] (Goodear, 1975)
[http://www.alexgitlin.com/grease.html Profile of The Grease Band] by Alex Gitlin: www.alexgitlin.com.
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