Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blind Faith - Blind Faith: the first Super Group...?

A few years ago when Clapton and Winwood came to Chicago, they opened with Had to Cry Today.  It was a great song to open that show with.  So, how is Rick Grech's name spelled?  Above we see Rick spelled in the common fashion. But I think he really spelled it Ric.  I read that in 1973 RSO Records (the Robert Stigwood Organisationreleased the only album under his own name, credited to 'Rick' Grech.  The album was titled The Last Five Years.  It contained songs that Grech wrote and recorded with Family, Blind Faith, Traffic, Ginger Baker's Airforce, and others between 1968 and 1973.  Ric passed away in 1990.  Educated in Leicester, Eng., Grech played violin in the school orchestra, and he first gained notice in the United Kingdom as the bass guitar player for the progressive rock group Family.  In early 1969, Clapton and Winwood (mostly) formed the supergroup Blind Faith; in need of a bassist, they recruited Grech, whom they'd both jammed with when Clapton was in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Winwood was in the Spencer Davis Group.  I believe it was not until just a few months later that Eric hooked up with perhaps his all-time favorite bassman, Carl Radle - and formed Derek & the Dominoes.  Grech was on this - the only Blind Faith album made, with Clapton, Winwood, and drummer Ginger Baker, also ex of Cream.  Their debut/only album was regarded as a disappointment by critics.  BF toured the U.S. to support it, and by most accounts, Eric was not happy with either the music or the performances and BF ended before it started. Grech and Winwood stayed with Baker, to form Ginger Baker's Air Force, another "supergroup" [not exactly] which also included Denny Laine (ex-Moody Blues) on guitar, Chris Wood (ex-Traffic) on sax and flute, and several other musicians; when that group ended, Winwood reformed Traffic with original members Wood and Jim Capaldi, and Grech joined as their bassist.  Try this one too:

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