Session drummer born Robert Grego in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who played on a string of seminal albums and songs, including Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61 Revisited. His riff at the beginning of “Like a Rolling Stone” is considered to be his most recognizable contribution to the musical fabric of the ’60s.
When producer Tom Wilson decided to tart up Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sounds of Silence “, he chose Bobby as his drummer, and the newly revamped song went to #1. Bobby recorded with a number of other artists and groups, as well, including Eric Andersen, Chubby Checker, Cyrkle, Janis Ian, Tommy James & The Shondells, Keith, Peter, Paul & Mary, and The Yardbirds.
He released one solo album, Let’s Stomp and Wild Weekend, featuring Roy Buchanan on guitar. Their recording of “The Jam” went to #29 in 1962.
In 1971, John Cale & Terry Riley handpicked Bobby to play on their album, Church of Anthrax. He was also one of the original members of the soul outfit, Steve Gibson & The Red Caps.
He died in Las Vegas, Nevada, in May 2014 when he was 78 years old.
Here’s his “Potato Peeler” with Roy Buchanan on guitar…