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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Gregory Bibb

Gregory Bibb started his musical career in the early 70s, as composer, musician and producer/director. He formed the group “Gregory James Edition”, along with guitarist James Norris (he was godfather of son Gregory Bibbs) and drummer Anthony McAllister . They recorded an album entitled “Prophets of Soul” on Dakar Records in 1972.

Then Gregory served as musical director for Chi-sound artist Walter Jackson and Gene Chandler during their Chi-sound years. Especially in 1977 he played electric piano on the Walter Jackson’s album entitled “I Want To Come Back As A Song” on Chi-Sound Records.
Later in 1979 on Kelli-Arts Records Gregory Bibb only with James Norris, recorded an album entitled “Gonna Grow Some Gold”. The style of the album was disco and modern soul, nicely funky in the rhythm section, and with plenty of cool keyboards on the best cuts! Producer was Carl Davis.

From this album I have chosen a track entitled "Happy baby".

In 1984, he recorded his first solo album entitled “Touching me” on Music of Magnificent Mile Records (M.O.M.M). James Norris helped Gregory on the production. All songs produced and written by Gregory Bibb and James Norris for Decade Productions. All saxophone solos by Ari Brown.

I chose two tracks entitled "Magic Love Bird" and "Touching me". Lead vocal Gregory Bibb. Female vocal on "Touching me" by Theresa Davis.

Gregory composed and scored music for three highly acclaimed documentary programs; 1994-"When she gets old", Midwest Regional Emmy winner for best documentary. "For the Children" , A 1995 WTTW production nominated for best documentary and music by the Midwest Regional Emmy Academy and "The Incredible Voyage of Capt. Bill Pinkney", winner of the 1995 Ace Cable award for best documentary and recipient of the prestigious Peabody award.
Gregory was the creative thrust behind Gregory Bibb Music Productions, A commercial production company providing original Music for radio and television commercials serving such clients as NASDAQ Stock Exchange, American Resort Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Maple Furs, Old Style Beer, and many others.
Gregory held a plethora of positions, including Music Director; Kennedy-King College Outreach Theatre Program, Assistant A&R Director; Chi sounds United Artist Records, Cultural Urban Arts Coordinator; City of Chicago, and Music Instructor; Chicago Public Schools.
Whether performing, teaching, or working in the studio, Gregory was always challenging his creativity and striving for the top.
Sadly Gregory passed away recently.

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Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

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