Rob Grill of The Grass Roots Dead at 67

Very sad news this morning, as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rob Grill[/lastfm], the lead singer of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Grass Roots[/lastfm], died yesterday at the age of 67 after suffering a nasty fall a couple of weeks ago.

Grill had been in declining health over the last year.

One of the most popular American bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s, The [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Grass Roots[/lastfm] first cracked the Top 10 in 1967 with the hit “Let’s Live for Today.”

“Midnight Confessions” became their biggest hit a year later, which led to a steady run of  smashes that also included “Sooner or Later,” “The River Is Wide,” “Two Divided by Love” and “Temptation Eyes.”  The Grass Roots set a Billboard record, remaining on the singles chart for 302 consecutive weeks between 1967 and ’72.

Rob toured extensively over the past 30 years and was on the bill for this summer’s Happy Together tour. We were going to have Rob on the morning show to promote the tour just a couple weeks ago, but due to his accident, was not able to appear.

Rob’s wife Nancy says that in his memory you can contribute to Cornerstone Hospice of Orlando, Florida or a foster children’s charity.

Let’s remember Rob Grill with one of his best.

  • Mary Shaw

    meeting rob was a pleasure, glad I got to chance, I am so sad, he was so sweet and when he performed, I don’t think he was feeling well but he put on a Great show!! RIP my friend!!! Thanks for the music!!! “Heaven Knows” was my fave!!!

  • Camille

    So very sad…I met him several yrs ago at a show…A very nice man…We have is lost a great entertainer.. RIP …

  • mary

    R.I.P. Rob. Loved all of your songs with The Grass Roots.

  • Gerry

    Very sad about Rob Grill. I just saw the Grass Roots at Westbury on Friday night and was disappointed he wasn’t there. They told us he was in the hospital and that he need our prayers, but i didn’t expect this. RIP Rob. You ARE the Grass Roots.

    • Camille

      I have attented several Happy Together tours going back yrs.. Was not able to go last Friday night at Westbury or I would of been there…Rob Grill IS The Grass Roots… He was so gracious at a show at Westbury a few yrs back.He signed his CD and a picture.. We sat down and had a great conversation with him… Will be missed.. Nothing like a venue full of us Boomers singing “Lets live for today” …anthem for our generation …

  • RICK K.

    such a sad day for me i met rob and his band he was awsome such a nice person we went on a little boat ride with them and a real good friend around 1971 on lake erie i will really miss him alot just like everyone back in the late 60s early 70s god bless brother!

  • rich

    .R.I.P. Rob Grill.

  • Bob Spaugh

    I got Robs autograph about two years in Merriville In. He put on a wonderful show then after his gig signed down in the intranceway. Every tome I hear one of his songs it brings back so many great memories of the 60`s I`ll miss you my friend

  • Greg

    He was a class act and will be missed. When in high school in the late 60`s at least one of The Grass Roots songs was on our cafeteria juke box.

  • Donna Longo

    Had the pleasure of meeting Rob several times in the past few years I have pictures with him he was always gracious to the fans R.I. P. Rob I will miss you and your great music You and the Grass Roots were the Best years in my life Love ya !!!!

  • Cindy

    My sister and I saw Rob Grill perform last summer in Cincinnati. Grassroots was always one of our favorite bands growing up and we both had a huge crush on Rob. Though he was clearly not in the best of health, his voice was just as clear and strong as ever. I’m so glad we took the the opportunity to see him. It was a memorable, nostalgic time for us. Prayers to his wife whom he spoke about so lovingly during the show. May he rest in peace. Thanks for the music, Rob!

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