Greg Piccolo 4-15-01
Greg Piccolo @ the Sand Dollar Lounge

Greg Piccolo had been with the Roomful Of Blues for over twenty years. He left the band in 1994 to strike out on his own, forming Heavy Juice. Their self titled Black Top debut was released in 1990 and included Roomful Of Blues mucisians in support.

Born May 10, 1951 in Westerly, Rhode Island, Greg got an early start in music. Only 13, he was vocalist for the Rejects, a six-piece rock n' roll cover band. At 15 he joined Duke Robillard's band the Variations. He later started his own band, the Group, but by 1970 he had hooked back up with Robillard and his Roomful Of Blues. Remaining with Roomful for over 20 years, Piccolo became the frontman when Duke left in 1979. His leadership was displayed in the group's 1984 masterpiece, "Dressed Up to Get Messed Up", which featured several of his own contemporary R&B compositions.

When Greg's second solo effort, "Acid Blue", was released in 1995, it was selected by CD Review magazine as one of their top blues recordings of the year. On 1997's "Red Lights" seven of the eleven songs were penned by Piccolo. The latest CD "Homage" came out in February 2001 and is a tribute to many of the great sax players such as Gene Ammons, Red Prysock and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis.

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