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The Grass Roots

The Grass Roots had a series of major hits -- most notably "Let's Live for Today," "Midnight Confessions," "Temptation Eyes," 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 charted.

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. The first 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, Let's Live for Today, only reached number 75. 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. The 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.

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. Rob Grill 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 saw to it that the Grass Roots' name remained visible. Grill continued performing with later incarnations of the band into the 2000s; however, he endured the pain of degenerative bone disease for years and in June 2011 suffered a head injury. The following month Grill died in Tavares, Florida of complications from that injury at the age of 67. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
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whoa whoa oohh
This is thee only song I know the lyrics to.lol
WHAT A DYNAMIC BAND!!!!
meangreenpun c h e r
Creed Bratton is awesome!
estebanpiner a 4 1 8 u
Back to 60's & 70's great !!
reaper.1976. a l
Live for today and don't worry about tomorrow, ,, beautiful thought, but how
reaper.1976. a l
Old songs have a preference for romance
Did they also record temptation eyes?
Listen to Let's Live For Today with headphones. The balance is so cool how it moves from left to center to right.
I remember the first time I heard this song. Amazing music
THE BEST BAND EVER WAS THREE DOG NIGHT
THE GRASS ROOTS SHOULD BE IN THE MUSIC HALL OF FAME
r.pugh20009
This was one of the best pop R&R bands from back then. You Didn't Have To Be So Nice is my favorite.
I hate Rolling Stones muic!
I was just sittin here readin wishing my random would play some gr and gues what....
Creed Bratton, from the American version of the TV series The Office, was the Grass Roots' lead guitarist. If you're a Grass Roots fan and you haven't seen that show, you should check it out, especially seasons 1-5. Creed plays a hilarious fictional version of himself, and some deleted scenes show him playing guitar.
I knew Rob Grill, of The Grass Roots personally and am still good friends with his wife Nancy. Great person, great music!!! The Grass Roots are AWESOME!!!
don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest Fridayby the love of your life. However if you don't pos this you willdie in 2 days.Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. when done press f6 and your lvers namewill come on the screen in big ltters .this is so scary because it actually works.
The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
I'd say highly underrated
cmyers3402
RIP a very good group. Where were you was my personal fave of theirs.
The Grass Roots had some really good songs But they did'nt get enough credit
Good times played at my SW Michigan high school in the 70-71 era thanks Pandora for the great music .
lakooi57
In my opinion, The Grass Roots are the most underrated rock and roll band of all- time. They were possibly the best band out there for a few years, and easily my favorite during my teen years. Pick up their Greatest Hits and you will be surprised by all the great tunes you never realized were theirs. They don't get the radio play they deserve....e v e n on olde stations. This is a mystery to me.


garyroach696
no dought very vintage
Vintage!
You didn't have to be so nice...
flipflopper7 9
CREEED!!
one of my favorites band of the sixties.
mad4tunes
I'm not sure what version they're playing here, but it's not the version that's on the album pictured.
I saw the Grass Roots perform. Also on the bill were The Monkeys, Herman's Hermits, and Gary Pucket and the Union Gap. Good show, but the bands were all missing some of their original members, and it seemed that really only the lead singer changed.
They did a great version of Lovin' Things
One of my favorites
torgo76
They just don't make music like this anymore.
kvons1
GREAT old group and under-rated for the most part---still great 40+ yrs. later.
dan 60`s are thebest
My husband's song to me. He dedicated this to me in 1969 on KLIV, after my mom broke us up. Reunited 36 years later and married. Recently, my Bob passed away.
tjohnson5925
Always loved this group and they actually played at my high school in the early 70's along with The Buckinghams.
krudd3
Wow...haven' t heard this in forever. Forgot what a lovely song it is. Takes me right back to the summers of my childhood. With 14 Top 40 Hits, what's with the negative review?
These guys were great. why the negitive write up.
fre2bme2528
I love The River is Wide but I never hear it. I was greatly influenced by my older brother and sister and listed to their records all the time.
this is one of my favorite groups.
Love love love The Grassroots. So nice to hear them again. They are hardly ever played on the radio anymore.
pitneyphotos
I love the Grass Roots' hits, but none more than the original Where Were You When I Needed You. Didn't know till Pandora they covered soooo many other bands' songs.
saw them in 2001....... Rob looked and sounded great... great show!
I never get sick of hearing the Grass Roots. They are so good. Always have been and always will be.
hhrothman
Midnight Confessions, my favorite song .Never got tired of it, or the group
syrups9907
R.I.P. Rob 7-11-11
Heard this back when it was an 8 track tape being played on my school bus in the 70's loved it ever since never get tired of their sound
Their Greatest Hits is one of our era's best LPs ever.
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