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.