Melvin Lee Greenwood, 27 October 1942, Southgate, California, USA. Because of his parents divorce, Greenwood was brought up by his grandparents in Sacramento, California, but he inherited their musical talent (his mother played piano and his father woodwind). In his teens, he played in various bands in Sacramento and Los Angeles and was even part of a dixieland jazz band at Disneyland. He played saxophone for country star Del Reeves and then formed his own band, Apollo, which found work in Las Vegas in 1962. He turned down an opportunity to join the Young Rascals and for many years he was arranging and playing music for bands in casinos (and working as a blackjack dealer by day). The environment narrowed his vocal range and he developed a husky-voiced approach to ballads similar to Kenny Rogers.
In 1979, Greenwoods career took a major step forward when he was heard by Larry McFaden of Mel Tillis band, who became his manager....
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