A Washington, D.C. native Greg Gaskins was raised in NW near the U St. area and it's lively commercial and entertainment businesses. He began playing professionally when he was 16 years old. He joined the noted D.C. band The El Corols Band in the late 1950s, frequently performing as the house band at Carr's Beach in Annapolis, Maryland. With the El Corols he backed national artists including Patti LaBelle and the Blue Bells, Dionne Warwick, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. He later performed in Billy Stewart's band at the Howard Theater and other venues. While working with Stewart at the Howard Theater Greg had a fortunate encounter with The Manhattans who hired him, and he spent three years touring as their guitarist.
As a result of his work with The Manhattans Greg was recruited by John Houston to accompany The Sweet Inspirations the in demand and noted female vocal group that included Emily "Cissy" Houston. John Houston was the husband of Cissy Houston and father of Whitney Houston. Greg was a member of their band in 1969 when they toured, opened for, and served as background vocalists for Elvis Presley. Greg served as band director for The Sweet Inspirations and has a cameo appearance in the 1972 film Elvis on Tour. He toured with The Sweet Inspirations and Presley through 1974.
During this period, he performed with Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Dee Dee Warwick, Al Green, Regina Bell, and the Five Stairsteps and others. Afterwards Greg returned to working with the Manhattans for a decade before returning to Washington D.C.
Once back home in the early 1990s, Greg worked with Jimi Smooth and Hit Time performing throughout the D.C. Metropolitan area. He was honored with two awards in 2010, an Award of Appreciation in recognition of his 50 years engagement in the music industry as Rhythm & Blues guitarist and a Resolution from the D. C. City Council in recognition of 50 years of contributions to music industry. Greg continues to work as a musician writing, recording, and performing.
“When you're feel'n low and you don't know what to do, just stay in the groove;”
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