Greg Douglass has been playing guitar for more than 40 years now and is certainly one of the most important Bay Area guitarists.
Greg's toured and recorded many bands including Terry Dolan & The Pirates, The Steve Miller Band, Greg Kihn Band, Eddie Money, Van Morrison, Tom Johnston, Peter Rowan, John Cipollina, Hot Tuna, and Country Joe McDonald.
Greg's career started somewhere during the 60s in a band called 'The Virtues' which turned into 'Country Weather'. Both bands played covers and 'Country Weather' also played original music at venues including The Avalon and The Fillmore before they disbanded in the early 70s.
Photo courtesy of Mike Somavilla
Greg's next band “Mistress” could really work the crowd at live shows and got very good reviews. Greg then went on to join Terry Dolan and John Cipollina (of Quicksilver Messenger Service) and over the years has been included in many of Cipollina's bands. Greg also became involved with Sound Hole and went on tour with Van Morrison. During the late seventies Greg was a member of the Steve Miller Band and also of the Greg Kihn Band.
Luckily a demo tape Mistress recorded at Wally Heider's in 1973 was released 23 years later by the German Taxim label in 1996. Taxim also released Greg's first solo album 'Maelstrom' in 1993 on which Greg plays acoustic guitar. Greg's new passion for acoustic fingerstyle pickin' led to the release of 'The Natives Are Restless'. Recorded in 1997 and released initially on tape overwhelming response from his fans finally made him release the album on CD.
Photo courtesy of Mike Somavilla
During the 2001 Christmas season Greg recorded acoustic guitar versions of his favourite holiday songs released as "Holiday Favorites" at the end of 2003.
In 2005 RD Records released the music of one of Greg's first bands “Country Weather”. Greg also released two educational guitar teaching DVDs in 2005.
Greg performed on Greg Kihn’s single “Jeopardy” (1983), and he’s toured and recorded with Van Morrison,
Duane Eddy, Link Wray, Hot Tuna, Dave Mason,
and Eddie Money.
In addition, he co-wrote and played on the Steve Miller Band hit “Jungle Love” (1977). With Steve Miller Band bassist Lonnie Turner, Greg wrote "Jungle Love" as a demo for British guitarist Dave Mason and Miller opted to include it on his next album. Greg was asked to join
the group after Miller had trouble duplicating his
riff in the studio.
Greg toured with Steve Miller between 1976 and 1981 and two more of his songs 'Goodbye Love' and 'Something Special" were recorded on the Steve Miller Band "Abracadabra" album, released in 1982.
On July 9, 2010, at Pechanga, Greg played “Jungle Love” onstage with Miller for the first time in around thirty years after Steve announced that the writer of tune was in the audience and invited him to come up on stage to play his creation. The audience went nuts! Backstage after the show he told Steve, “I come to the show trying to enjoy a quiet night off, and you make me work!”
The song is included on numerous Steve Miller Band compilations, including Greatest Hits 1974-1978, the 35th-biggest-selling album of all time (13 million copies sold). Bizarrely, "Jungle Love" was used as the theme song for the final three seasons of the TV sitcom 'Everybody Loves Raymond'
Amongst other projects, Greg plays with Monsters of Classic Rock whose members have played with AC/DC, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, and Huey Lewis. One frequent Monster is guitar heavyweight Rick Derringer, and also at various times included Joey Molland (Badfinger) on vocals and guitar, Carmine Rojas (David Bowie, Rod Stewart) on bass, Terry Ilous (from '80s metal monsters XYZ) on lead vocals, and a stellar group of various drummers, including Carmine Appice, Chris Slade of AC/DC and Donny Baldwin of Starship.
In addition, Greg also plays with Quicksilver Gold, a tribute to the music of Quicksilver Messenger Service led by Joli Valenti, son of Dino Valenti, the band's late lead singer.
On the eve of THE FORMER MEMBERS departure for their first U.K tour in 2012 Greg told a reporter "We're all really f***ing old, we're playing kick-ass historically important music, and chances are pretty good someone won't survive! Four raping and pillaging - well, pillaging at least - maniacal old lunatics crammed into a van full of equipment and cases of Dependz. But the BEST part of this endeavor (said the 63 year-old!) is that I'm finally the youngest guy in the band!"
Greg's many recordings and collaborations are listed in the Discography section - click here
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