Gary Green

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Name: Gary Green
Born: November 20, 1950, in Stroud Green, England
In band: 1970 - 1980
Instruments: Guitar, mandolin, vocals, recorder, bass, drums, xylophone

Gary Green was the lead guitarist for the band. A self-taught musician, Gary had his musical roots in the blues, and his sound lent a more direct edge to the music. But of course he could play as progressively as the rest of the band!

After Gentle Giant

Gary lives outside of Chicago, Illinois, USA. From 1983-1989 Gary played in a band called Blind Dates with drummer Albert Hurst. Reportedly they did some recording but it is unknown if it was ever released. Gary also guested on Eddie Jobson's The Green Album.

He later played in a band called The Elvis Brothers. Eventually the drummer in this band formed another called Big Hello, a "power pop" band nothing like Gentle Giant. Apparently, Big Hello completed enough material for a full album, but I don't think any album has been released. One song appears on a compilation CD called Pop Matters on the Wagonwheel label.

Gary left Big Hello and played on an album being created by Paul Adams.

Around 1992, Gary was also playing with a band called Mother Tongue. According to fan Beth Dooley, "They played 50/50 originals/covers (Tom Petty is one I remember). Mother Tongue was very tight, powerful, and the originals were just that - original. Gary was very down to earth with a crippling handshake!"

In September 1995, Gary traveled to Italy to play in the Marechiaro Blues festival with the band Divae. They played The Boys In The Band and a Divae original, "The Return of the Gentle Giant" (Il ritorno del Gigante Gentile). The latter piece appears on Divae's debut album, Determinazione, but without Gary Green.

In 2005, Gary played guitar parts on the "Back Against The Wall" tribute album (released 2005), a project of Billy Sherwood's. (Trivia: Billy and Gary hooked up through Dan.) This is a prog recreation of the classic Pink Floyd album, with contributions from many of the 1970's Prog greats. He plays on a number of tracks, including "In The Flesh," "The Thin Ice," "Hey You," and "Waiting For The Worms."

(Thanks to Jeffrey Suhs, Jon Pomplin, Todd Borsch, and Alex Canduci.)

In 2009, a song written by Gary, titled "Just Another Day," will be released on Billy Sherwood's Circa: HQ Live DVD.

Currently Gary is a member of Three Friends.

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