Grass Roots vocalist/bassist Rob Grill passed away on Monday, July 11 in Tavares, FL at the age of 67. The frontman had been in a coma for some time after suffering two strokes following a fall last month.
Grill joined The Grass Roots in the late 60s, soon after it was formed by songwriter and producer P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri. The band scored their first Top 10 hit in 1967 with “Let’s Live for Today.” Grill then went on to sing many of the band’s biggest hits, including “Midnight Confessions,” “Temptation Eyes,” and “Sooner or Later.”
In 1979, when the band wasn’t achieving the same volume of success, Grill started a solo career and recorded an album entitled ‘Uprooted,’ which featured several members of Fleetwood Mac.
In the 80s, Grill reformed The Grass Roots and decided to bring the group out on tour billed as The Grass Roots Starring Rob Grill. Even though lineup changes were common for the band, Grill remained an active member and continued playing shows for most of his life.
Overall, The Grass Roots have had more than a dozen Top 40 hits and have sold tens of millions of records.
According to the Morning Call, current frontman Mark Dawson announced the death of Grill on stage at a recent show and remarked, “We may have lost one great friend, but heaven gained an exceptional singer. We say God bless you, and Rob says the show must go on.”
The Grass Roots are continuing their legacy and Grill’s by performing as part of the Happy Together Tour with The Turtles, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Association, and The Buckinghams.
Grill leaves behind his wife, Nancy.