b. 1945, London, England. Gregory embarked on a musical course playing clarinet in the St. Paul’s school orchestra, and while at the school he also learnt to play the guitar and piano. In 1963 he was offered a place in the Guildhall School of Music, but rejected the proposal. In 1964 he played with the Alan Price band, which led to session work with a number of top 60s bands. He played on sessions for ‘Screamin’ Jay’ Hawkins, Geno Washington, Chicken Shack, Georgie Fame, and on Fleetwood Mac’s Mr Wonderful as well as the Rolling Stones’ ‘Honky Tonk Women’. In the 70s, in addition to performing alongside Fame, Gregory found work supporting Fela Kuti, Linda Lewis, Gonzalez, Ginger Baker’s Airforce and, oddly, Rocky Sharpe And The Replays. The 80s saw work with Steel Pulse, Maxi Priest, the Inspirational Choir, Amazulu, Freddie King and China Crisis. Gregory also has the distinction of having provided the infectious saxophone melody on George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’. Other notable solo performances were featured on Alison Moyet’s interpretation of ‘That Ole Devil Called Love’, Chris Rea’s ‘Fool’ and Queen’s ‘One Year Of Love’. In the 90s Gregory performed in Dennis Bovell’s Dub Band, contributing his playing skills to Linton Kwesi Johnson’s classic Tings And Times. Gregory also toured with Wet Wet Wet, Van Morrison and a host of other celebrated performers. His association with Dennis Bovell led to Gregory’s debut, Bushfire, an acid-jazz-reggae fusion. The album featured original compositions by Linton Kwesi Johnson, Dennis Bovell and Gregory, and also featured the playing skills of John Kpiaye, Georgie Fame, John Deacon and Kuma Harada. In 1998 he was a featured artist on the LKJ 20th Anniversary show alongside Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Winston Francis and the Dub Band.
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