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Greg Perry

b. Gregory Stephen Perry, 23rd January, Alton, Illinois, U.S.A.

d. 16th March 2023, Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Greg Perry is one of five brothers.

His others are Dennis, Zachary, Leonard and Jeff.

Jeff Perry is also known as Jeffree and is a popular artist in his own right, recording the rare groove anthem 'Love's Gonna Last'.

Greg is an accomplished songwriter, producer and singer.

He was, originally, a keyboard player for Holland-Dozier-Holland's Invictus / Hot Wax Records.

Jeffree worked at Motown Records and with Jackie Wilson on his 'Beautiful Day' album.

As a teenager, Greg began his musical career at the Chicago-based Chess Records label.

Here he worked alongside producer Billy Davis.

He turned down a publishing deal with Motown, opting instead to sign with Holland-Dozier-Holland's just-opened Invictus / Hot Wax Records.

At Invictus he collaborated with General Johnson and lyricist Angelo Bond.

The trio began to collaborate on songs, many of which became huge hits.

Greg PerrySmokin'

Many of the recordings were in Detroit, at a converted movie theatre on Grand River Avenue.

Several of the label's musicians and arrangers went on to have successful careers.

Tony Camillo produced Gladys Knight and the Pips' number one R & B / pop gold single, 'Midnight Train to Georgia.'

Guitarist Ray Parker, Jr. formed the group Raydio, whilst Dennis Coffey played guitar on many Motown and Westbound sides and had a million-seller with 'Scorpio.'

McKinley Jackson co-wrote and produced mid-'70s hits ('Fish Aint Bitin') for label co-owner Lamont Dozier on ABC.

Bassist Bob Babbit, keyboardist Sylvester Rivers, percussionists Jack Ashford, and Eddie 'Bongo' Brown became L.A. session artists.

Greg Perry recorded two solo albums, the first being 'One For The Road' on Casablanca Records in 1975.

Greg Perry

freda payne, greg perry and sherrie payne

Two years later he released the RCA album, 'Smokin', which contained the track 'Hows Your Love Life Baby?', a track for which he possibly best remembered.

In his later yeard, Greg was married to the ex-Honeycone singer, Edna Wright.

Edna passed away in 2020. Greg passed away in March 2023.

Greg Perry

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One for the Road (Casablanca Records 1975)

Smokin' (RCA Records 1977)

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