R.B. Greaves ‎– R.B. Greaves-1969- Funk / Soul (vinyl)


R.B. Greaves ‎– R.B. Greaves-1969- Funk / Soul (vinyl)

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Ronald Bertram Aloysius "R. B." Greaves III (November 28, 1943 - September 27, 2012)[2] was an American singer who had chart success in 1969 with the pop single "Take a Letter Maria". A number two hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, this single sold one million copies, and it earned gold record certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Greaves also reached the Top 40 in early 1970 with "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me".

 Greaves was born in 1943 on the U.S. Army Air Forces base at Georgetown, Guyana.[1] A nephew of Sam Cooke, he grew up on a Seminole Indian reservation in the United States, but he moved to England in 1963.[3] Greaves had built a career both in the Caribbean and in the UK, where he performed under the name Sonny Childe with his group The TNTs. His debut recording "Take a Letter, Maria" was released under the name R.B. Greaves and produced by the president of Atlantic RecordsAhmet Ertegün. The song is the story of a man who had learned of his wife's infidelity the night before and then dictates a letter of separation to Maria, his ostensibly Latina secretary, who may, from the words near the end of the last verse, become his new love. This song has a distinct Latin flavor, complete with a mariachi-style horn section.

The record stayed in the Billboard chart for 15 weeks in the United States, selling a million copies. It received gold record certification from the R.I.A.A. on December 11, 1969.[3] By 1970, sales of this song totalled 2.5 million.[3]

Greaves was often accompanied in Southern California and vicinity by his long time guitarist/band leader Phillip John Diaz and keyboardist/songwriter Mike Baxter.

Greaves recorded a series of cover versions as follow-ups, including Burt Bacharach's and Hal David's "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" and Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale".[1] Greaves left the label in the 1970s in favor of Sunflower Records, and then signed to Bareback Records. His only chart release for the latter label was "Margie, Who's Watching the Baby".[4] Greaves died from prostate cancer, in Granada Hills, California, on September 27, 2012 at the age of 68.

Label:ATCO Records ‎– SD 33-311
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album

Sleeve Condition (Out of 10) ~ 9 - small label removed/ cover rubbed
Label Condition (Out of 10) ~ 10
Vinyl Condition ~ (Out of 10)
Side 1 - 10
side 2 - 10 excellent vinyl
BIN *166


A1 Always Something There To Remind Me 3:09
A2 Don't Play That Song (You Lied) 4:58
A3 Take A Letter Maria 2:42
A4 Cupid 2:59
A5 This Is Soul 2:30
B1 Ballad Of Leroy 4:07
B2 Ain't That Good News 3:29
B3 Birmingham, Alabama 2:26
B4 Home To Stay 2:57
B5 Oh When I Was A Boy 2:31

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