GREG RIDLEY

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Greg's Official Site

www.gregridley.com

Greg Ridley was born in Aspatria, Cumbria in 1942 as Alf Ridley.

When the Carlisle band The Ramrods reformed to become The VIPs, Greg joined them on bass, having previously played with Dino and The Danubes.

Greg Ridley passed away on the 19th November 2003 in Javea, Spain. He had been recently remarried and was working on a new Greg Ridley's Humble Pie album and preparing to tour the USA.

The VIPs were for a time renamed as The Vipps and briefly became Art.

After the demise of Art, Greg Ridley together with Mike Harrison of The VIPs joined up with Luther Grosvenor and Mike Kellie to form Spooky Tooth and went on to international success. Spooky Tooth had two major albums - "It's All About" in 1968 and "Spooky Two" in 1969.

Having met Steve Marriott when Spooky Tooth supported The Small Faces at a concert in London, Greg was asked to join him in forming a new band Humble Pie.

The first album released by Humble Pie was "As Safe as Yesterday" and released from the album as a single was "Natural Born Boogie" which became their first hit.

Their second album was "Town and Country" which featured a song written by Greg "The Light of Love" but unfortunately the album was not a hit.

Humble Pie had more success with their "Rock On" album and their live album "Rocking the Filmore".

They finally reached the US charts with "Smokin'" in 1972 and followed up with "Eat It" in 1973 and "Thunder Box" in 1974.

In 1975 after their last album "Street Rats" the band split up.

Greg joined Steve Marriott's Allstars for a while before being a founder member of Strange Brew.

Greg had reformed Humble Pie, had recorded a CD and was arranging a tour when sadly he died.