Two for Tuesday: The Grass Roots

Our first featured artist for 2015 is the The Grass Roots, or The Grassroots if you prefer. Their heyday was the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, but they’ve continued to perform at oldies shows with a lineup that features none of the original members, as so many bands from that era have. Their sound on record featured a horn section, a sound that would become popular as bands such as Chicago and Blood, Sweat &Tears were just starting out at the time. The lineup best known for them included Creed Bratton on guitar and vocals, Rick Coonce on drums and percussion, Warren Entner on vocals, keyboards and guitar, and Rob Grill on bass and vocals, although they were generally backed by studio musicians on their records. It was ABC-Dunhill’s refusal of Bratton’s request to play their own instruments that led to his eventual replacement by Dennis Provisor.

Our first selection today is their first big hit, “Midnight Confessions,” from June 1968. It rose to #5 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cash Box survey in the US and to #18 in Australia. It was the band’s only gold single, and was included on their first “greatest hits” compilation, Golden Grass: Their Greatest Hits, also released that year.

Our second selection is “Two Divided By Love,” from their 1972 album Move Along. It rose to #16 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the Cash Box survey in the US and #68 in Australia. This was from the TV show Rollin’ on the River with Kenny Rogers from January, 1972.

The Grass Roots, your Two for Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

4 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: The Grass Roots

  1. A real blast from my high school and college years. I was never a big fan of the group, but always enjoyed hearing their songs. I finally broke down and bought a “Best of…” CD a few years ago since they are so firmly entrenched in rock history. They were a solid group.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I was surprised to learn that I hadn’t featured them on Two for Tuesday. I’m building a list now so I can remember who I’ve done. I’ve been doing 2FT for almost three years now… can you imagine?

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