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Nick Gravenites

Gravenites playing to the crowd, 2006 Photo: Louis Ramirez
Background information
Also known as Nick "The Greek"
Born October 2, 1938 (1938-10-02) (age 71)
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Genres Rock, blues, rock and roll, folk rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Labels Columbia, Warner Bros., Taxim Records, Line Records, Music Box, 2Burn1 Records
Associated acts Big Brother And The Holding Company, John Cipollina, Paul Butterfield Blues Band,
Website Nick

Nicholas George Gravenites (born October 2, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, with stage names like Nick "The Greek" Gravenites and Gravy, is a blues, rock and folk singer–songwriter and is best known for his work with Janis Joplin and other influential bands of the generation springing from the 1960s and 1970s. Nick currently resides in Sebastopol, California.

According to author and pop music critic Joel Selvin, Nick Gravenites is "the original San Francisco connection for the Chicago crowd." Gravenites is credited as a "musical handyman" helping such San Francisco bands as Quicksilver Messenger Service and Janis Joplin's first solo group. Nick wrote the song "Buried Alive In The Blues", but Janis died the night before her scheduled time in the studio and the song appeared as an instrumental on her album. He was also a songwriter for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which consisted of Elvin Bishop, Paul Butterfield, and Michael Bloomfield, then formed The Electric Flag with Butterfield guitarist Mike Bloomfield. Nick is also responsible for writing the score for The Trip, produced the music for the movie Steelyard Blues. He produced the world hit " One Toke Over the Line" for Brewer & Shipley and the Album Right Place-Wrong Time for Otis Rush for which he was nominated for a Grammy Award. Nick still performs live in northern California; his regular shows include a bar in Occidental and several venues in downtown San Francisco. Nick also worked extensively with John Cipollina after producing the first Quicksilver Messenger Service album. Nick and John formed the Nick Gravenites–John Cipollina Band which toured a lot in Europe. Nick was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame in 2003 for his song "Born In Chicago". He is most recently toured with the Chicago Blues Reunion, and a new Electric Flag Band.





  • 1969 My Labours
  • 1973 Steelyard Blues OST
  • 1980 Blue Star (Line Records)
  • 1982 Monkey Medicine The Nick Gravenites John Cipollina Band
  • 1991 Live At The Rodon Nick Gravenites and John Cipollina (Music Box)
  • 1996 Don't Feed The Animals
  • 1999 Kill My Brain
  • 2005 Buried Alive In The Blues (live)


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