November 2, 2017
Thursday | November 2, 2017 | 7pm | Music Night at Bogies | Greg Sutton (Cover $10)
You might not have heard of Gregg Sutton, but you certainly will have heard one of his songs. Gregg Sutton is one of the most accomplished singer-songwriters and musicians of his generation. Born and raised in New York he went to Hollywood in the early 1980’s and now resides in Beverly Hills. He has had a long and varied career as both as an accomplished musician and widely renowned songwriter.
After serving an apprenticeship in the nightclubs of the USA, Sutton went on tour with the group KGB, featuring Carmine Appice and Barry Goldberg. Sutton then went on to form a group called The Pets recording for Clive Davis at his legendary Arista Records label. After the demise of The Pets, Gregg signed a deal with Columbia Records and recorded his debut solo album Soft as a Side- Walk. Despite critical acclaim this album didn’t make him a star but elevated his songwriter status.
In the 1990’s Gregg signed a deal with Warner Bros Music publishing in addition to playing with numerous acts including Tommy Tutone who had the classic hit “867-5309” after Sutton joined the power pop band. During this period Gregg went on the road with his lifelong friend, the genius actor and comic Andy Kaufman as his musical director. For five years they toured together until Andy’s sad and untimely death in 1984. Sutton was the conductor at Andy Kaufman’s now famous Carnegie Hall landmark one-man-show after which the audience was transported to another location for cookies and milk! A few years later Sutton played himself in the feature film Man on the Moon (1999 ) which starred Jim Carrey which was widely recognized as a biographical comedy-drama about the late American entertainer Andy Kaufman.
At this point of his career Gregg joined Bob Dylan as his bassist and toured Europe with Dylan in a group that included Hall of Famers Mick Taylor and Ian Mclagan. 1985 Sutton joined the renowned country rock group Lone Justice who were signed to Geffen Records and remained a member until the band’s premature demise. Jimmy Iovine (founder of Interscope Records and now Head of Apple Music) was Lone Justice‘s manager and recognizing Gregg’s songwriting talent secured a deal with A&M Records publishing arm, Almo-Irving Music a move that really boosted Sutton’s songwriting career. Now legendary artists like Joe Cocker, Percy Sledge, Dolly Parton, Maria McKee, Billy Ray Cyrus and Al Green (to name a few) were recording Gregg Sutton songs.