Though details are sketchy, soul web sites both here and in the US are reporting the death of singer/songwriter/producer GREG PERRY. It seems that Perry, probably best known for his work with Hot Wax/Invictus, died on Wednesday 15th March.

Part of a musical family, Perry began his music career at Chess Records, working with legendary writer/producer Billy Davis. He then turned down a job offer from Motown to join Holland, Dozier, Holland at their fledgling Hot Wax/Invictus set up. There he played keys on countless tracks as well as writing hits with people like General Johnson and Angelo Bond. Amongst his best loved songs are ‘Pay to the Piper’ – a hit for the Chairmen of the Board, Freda Payne’s ‘Bring The Boys Home’ and ‘Want Ads’ for the Honey Cone. Perry went on to marry that group’s lead singer, Edna Wright.

Perry also recorded in his own right. His two Casablanca albums are now collectable – especially ‘One For The Road’ (1975). He also recorded for RCA. His ‘Smokin’’ long player for that label contains the popular ‘How’s Your Love Life Baby?’.  It seems his last recording was a 1982 single  for the Alfa label, ‘It Takes Heart’.

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