Just received this message
from Nancy Grill regarding the passing of her husband and my old friend, Rob
Grill. "My dear husband, Robert Frank Grill (67) passed away peacefully in my arms at 11:37 a.m. (EST)
(07/11/2011) while listening to
'Let's Live for Today.' Thanks for all the prayers and support during this time.
Rob loved his fans and The Grass Roots."
Rob Grill will truly be missed by many of his fans, friends and family. He recently lost his only son to cancer.
Grill suffered a massive stroke one month ago and was in a coma for over three
weeks while also fighting pneumonia. Rob was moved to a hospice facility
three days ago and passed away peacefully on July 11, 2001 at 11:37am. Please pray for Nancy Grill.
Rest in peace, brother. Rest in peace.
Grass Roots in performance at Bloomfield,
NJ 8/15/03. Rob Grill in good form. RIP Rob.
YouTube video posted by a fan
This a memorial video for Rob Grill - (11/30/43-7/11/11). God bless you - R.I.P. Rob! Both songs are from the 1969 album "Leaving It All Behind" - Song #1
"Melinda Love" - written by Grill, Enter and Barri) - Song #2 - "Somethings Comin' Over Me" (Written by Rob Grill) Both songs are sung by Rob
Grass Roots - Wait a Million Years
Dick Clark - American Bandstand -
Interview with Rob Grill
The Grass Roots had a series of major hits — most notably:
The Grass Roots -
"Let's Live for Today" The Jimmy Durante TV Show- 1967
"Let's Live for Today,"
Midnight Confessions - PBS Special
and "Two Divided by Love"
that help define the essence of the era's best AM radio. Although
the group's members weren't even close to being recognizable, and
their in-house songwriting was next to irrelevant, the Grass Roots
managed to chart 14 Top 40 hits, including seven gold singles and
one platinum single, and two had hits collections that effortlessly
went gold. The group's history is also fairly complicated, because
there were at least three different groups involved in the making of
the songs identified as being by "the Grass Roots."
The Grass Roots was originated by the writer/producer team of P.F.
Sloan and Steve Barri as a pseudonym under which they would release
a body of Byrds/Beau Brummels-style folk-rock. Sloan and Barri were
contracted songwriters for Trousdale Music, the publishing arm of
Dunhill Records, which wanted to cash in on the folk-rock boom of
1965. Dunhill asked Sloan and Barri to come up with this material,
and a group alias under which they would release it. The resulting
"Grass Roots" debut song, "Where Were You When I
Needed You," sung by Sloan, was sent to a Los Angeles radio
station, which began playing it. The problem was, there was no
"Grass Roots." The next step was to recruit a band that
could become the Grass Roots.
Sloan found a San Francisco group
called the Bedouins that seemed promising on the basis of their lead
singer, Bill Fulton. Fulton recorded a new vocal over the backing
tracks laid down for the P.F. Sloan version of the song. The
Bedouins were, at first, content to put their future in the hands of
Sloan and Barri as producers, despite the fact that the group was
more blues-oriented than folk-rock. However, the rest of the group
was offended when Fulton was told to record their debut single, a
cover of Bob Dylan's "The Ballad of a Thin Man," backed by
studio musicians. When that single, released in October of 1965,
became only a modest hit, the Bedouins — except for their drummer,
Joel Larson — departed for San Francisco, to re-form as the
Unquenchable Thirst. Sloan and Barri continued to record.
"Where Were You When I Needed You" was released in mid-'66
and peaked at number 28, but the album of the same name never
Amid the machinations behind "Where Were You When I Needed You," no
"real" Grass Roots band existed in 1966. A possible
solution came along when a Los Angeles band called the 13th Floor
submitted a demo tape to Dunhill. This group, consisting of Warren
Entner (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Creed Bratton (lead guitar), Rob
Grill (vocals, bass), and Rick Coonce (drums), was recruited and
offered the choice of recording under their own name, or to take
over the name the Grass Roots, put themselves in the hands of Sloan
and Barri, and take advantage of the Grass Roots' track record. They
chose the latter, with Rob Grill as primary lead vocalist.
Rob Grill and Del
Shannon interview "Good Morning America" - date unknown
track cut by the new Grass Roots in the spring of 1967 was
"Let's Live for Today," a new version of a song that had
been an Italian hit, in a lighter, more up-tempo version, for a band
called the Rokes. "Let's Live for Today" was an achingly
beautiful, dramatic, and serious single and it shot into the Top Ten
upon its release in the summer of 1967. An accompanying album,
Live for Today," only reached number 75.
"The River Is
The group began spreading
its wings in the studio with their next album, Feelings, recorded
late in 1967, which emphasized the band's material over Sloan and
Barri's. This was intended as their own statement of who they were,
but it lacked the commercial appeal of anything on Let's Live for
Today, sold poorly, and never yielded any hit singles. Eleven months
went by before the group had another chart entry, and during that
period, Sloan and Barri's partnership broke up, with Sloan departing
for New York and an attempt at a performing career of his own. The
band even considered splitting up as all of this was happening.
Grass Roots' return to the charts (with Barri producing), however,
was a triumphant one — in the late fall of 1968, "Midnight
Confessions" reached number five on the charts and earned a
gold record. "Midnight Confessions" showed the strong
influence of Motown, and the R&B flavor of the song stuck with
Barri and the band.
"Sooner or Later"
In April of 1969, Creed Bratton left the band, to be replaced by
Denny Provisor on keyboards and Terry Furlong on lead guitar. Now a
quintet, the Grass Roots went on cutting records without breaking
stride, enjoying a string of Top 40 hits that ran into the early
'70s, peaking with "Temptation Eyes" at number 15 in the
summer of 1971. Coonce and Provisor left at the end of 1971, to be
replaced by Reed Kailing on lead guitar, Virgil Webber on keyboards,
and Joel Larson — of the original Bedouins/Grass Roots outfit —
on drums. They arrived just in time to take advantage of the number
16 success of "Two Divided by Love," which was the last of
the Grass Roots' big hits.
The Grass Roots soldiered on for a few
more years, reaching the Top 40 a couple of times in 1972, but their
commercial success slowly slipped away during 1973. They kept
working for a few more years, but called it quits in 1975.
remained in the music business on the organizing side, and by 1980
was persuaded by his friend John McVie to cut a solo album,
Uprooted, which featured contributions by Mick Fleetwood and Lindsay
Buckingham. By 1982, amid the burgeoning oldies concert circuit and
the respect beginning to be accorded the Grass Roots, Grill formed a
new Grass Roots — sometimes billed as Rob Grill and the Grass
Roots — and began performing as many as 100 shows a year. Their
presence on various oldies package tours have seen to it that the
Grass Roots' name remains visible in the '90s.
Rob Grill passed away
on July 11, 2011. His memorial service was held in Florida on
July 30, 2011