Greg Ridley

Greg Ridley

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Alfred Gregory 'Greg' Ridley (23 October 1942 in Aspatria, Cumberland, England – 19 November 2003 in Alicante, Spain) was one of the more visible rock bassists in England, and a founding member of the successful rock band Humble Pie. As a teenager he became part of British rock & roll's third wave.


Early in his career Greg Ridley played under the name of Dino as guitarist for "Dino & the Danubes" before joining bands such as the "Ramrods". Ridley and Mike Harrison formed The VIPs in 1964, playing blues based music. The band added guitarist Luther Grosvenor and American keyboard player Gary Wright, before changing their name to Spooky Tooth in 1968. Spooky Tooth signed to Island and recorded two albums It's All About Spooky Tooth (1968) and Spooky Two (1969).

In January 1969 Ridley was approached by Steve Marriott from the Small Faces - who was forming a new band, called Humble Pie. The line up also included guitarist Peter Frampton from The Herd and drummer Jerry Shirley. Humble Pie's first album As Safe As Yesterday Is was released and a second album Town and Country was also released in the same year. A contract with A&M Records and a re-working of their sound into a harder brand of music, coupled with extensive touring of US followed. A double album Performance...... ...
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