Rick Grech

Rick Grech  (born Richard Roman Grechko; 1 November 1946, Bordeaux, France – 17 March 1990, Leicester, England) was a British rock musician and multi-instrumentalist.  (More from Wikipedia)

When Traffic broke up temporarily in 1969Stevie Winwood began jamming with Eric Clapton; they had played together previously in the Powerhouse.  Ginger Baker sat in one time in 1969, and he was a natural as the band’s drummer.  Clapton was reluctant to team up with Baker again so soon after Cream broke up, but Winwood convinced him that they would never find a more talented drummer than Baker.  The three invited Rick Grech (also known as Ric Grech) to join the group; he was the bass guitarist in Family and left that band mid-tour to join Blind Faith.  


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After appearing only at the Concert for Bangladesh that George Harrison organized in 1972Pete Townshend of the Who brought together an allstar line-up for a 1973 concert intended to bring Eric Clapton out of hiding and to help him kick his habit.  Known as the Rainbow Concert, musicians on hand include Rick Grech and Stevie Winwood from Blind FaithJim Capaldi (who had co-founded Traffic with Winwood), Anthony “Reebop” Kwaku Baah (a percussionist from Ghana who played with Traffic and also the German band Can), Ron Wood (then in Faces), and drummer Jimmy Karstein (who was on hand for the final album by Buffalo Springfield). 


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Meanwhile, Ginger Baker was putting together a supergroup and a double album of his own.  Ginger Baker’s Air Force – described in Wikipedia as a rock-jazz fusion band – was organized from the ashes of Blind Faith and featured the other three musicians in the band besides Eric Clapton:  Ginger Baker (drums, percussion and vocals), Stevie Winwood (organ and vocals), and Rick Grech (violin and bass guitar).  Others on hand in the 10-piece band include Baker’s former bandmate Graham BondDenny Laine (one of the original members of the Moody Blues – he sang lead on their early hit Go Now – and later a key member of Paul McCartney and Wings)Chris Wood (another founding member of Traffic), and Wood’s wife Jeanette Jacobs (previously in the New York band the Cake). 


(May 2014)


Last edited: March 22, 2021