Rick Grech

He was the unmistakable voice of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Stew.” The late Richard Roman Grech was a major presence on the British music scene of the late 1960s – 70s, plying his craft with a Fender (Precision and Jazz); a deep reverence for folk, soul, rhythm and blues; and a wad of foam strategically placed in proximity to the bridge to render a partially muted resonance akin to an upright.

Rick, who also doubled on violin, was a smart choice to anchor Blind Faith in 1969. When that super-group imploded after one album and tour, Mr. Grech remained in high demand, appearing on several seminal sides with Ginger Baker’s Airforce, Eric Clapton (Rainbow Concert / 1973), Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Eddie Harris, Jim Capaldi, the Bee Gees, and the doomed KGB band with Mike Bloomfield and Carmine Appice. Among Rick’s finest work includes his tenure with Traffic wherein he contributed to Welcome to the Canteen and Low Spark of High Heeled Boys – both released in 1971.