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Creed Bratton
Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton (born William Charles Schneider on February 8, 1943) was a member of the Grass Roots and is now an actor. Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in Coarsegold, Calif., a small town near Yosemite. His grandparents, mother, and father were all musicians and he took a liking to music at a very early age. When he was 13, he received his first guitar from a Sears mail order catalogue. He became a professional musician during his high school and college years. Upon his mother's remarriage, Schneider's name was changed to Chuck Ertmoed. Image File history File links Creedwithguitar2. ... Image File history File links Creedwithguitar2. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... Cover of The Grass Roots album Anthology: 1965-1975; (left to right) Warren Entner, Rick Coonce, Dennis Provisor and Rob Grill The Grass Roots were a highly successful U.S. rock and roll band that existed between 1965 and 1975 as the brainchild of songwriting duo P.F. Sloan and... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1290. ... Coarsegold is a town in California, USA. Categories: US geography stubs ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Yosemite redirects here. ...


Ertmoed decided to try life as a traveling musician and made his way on a global excursion. During his travels, he changed his name again to Creed Bratton. He traveled through Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Appearing with his group the Young Californians, he played guitar at a large folk festival in Israel. Fellow American and guitarist Warren Entner witnessed Bratton's performance and asked him to give him a call when he got back to the states. They formed a partnership and recruited the remaining members needed for their group, the 13th Floor. Bratton played lead guitar, Rick Coonce played drums, Warren Entner played rhythm guitar, and Kenny Fukomoto played bass. They recorded a demo and sent it to a new record company, Dunhill, headed by Lou Adler. Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Lou Adler (born on December 13, 1935) is an American-born, legendary record producer. ...


Producers/songwriters P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri heard the demo and liked it. They needed new band members for a folk rock group they had formed in 1965. The 13th Floor lost their bass player to the draft during this time and quickly recruited Rob Grill. They changed their name to the Grass Roots for prior name recognition and went straight to the top 10 with their first recording, "Let's Live For Today". The group continued in their hit making vein and toured all over the United States. With the help of their record company and producers, they created a unique sound. P.F. Sloan is an American pop-rock singer and songwriter, born Philip Schlein in New York City in 1945. ...


The Grass Roots had top songwriters offering their best songs to them and they wrote many songs themselves. Bratton co-wrote "Beatin' Round The Bush", "No Exit" and "Hot Bright Lights" and he self composed "Dinner For Eight" and "House Of Stone" on their first two albums. Iconic hit songs such as "Midnight Confessions" cemented their standing as major contributors to the rock music scene.


Bratton left the group in 1969 to pursue an acting career and has performed in movies such as Mask and Heart Like a Wheel. Still an active musician, Bratton released three albums of his work since leaving the Grass Roots, in 2001 and 2002. He is a current cast member (playing a parody of himself who shares his name) on NBC's Emmy & SAG award winning The Office. His character on The Office is referred to as "the creepy guy" and also has mentioned (in deleted scenes) being a part of the Grass Roots. Mask is a 1985 film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and starring Cher and Eric Stoltz. ... Heart Like a Wheel is a 1983 movie based on the life of drag racing driver Shirley Muldowney (played by Bonnie Bedelia). ... This is about the fictional character. ... The Office is an Emmy Award-winning American television comedy that debuted on NBC as a midseason replacement on March 24, 2005. ...


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Creed Bratton: Reviews, Discography, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com (655 words)
Creed Bratton [+] was never a household name, but as a member of the Grass Roots [+], was one of the more widely heard musicians of the late '60s.
Bratton, living in Los Angeles in 1965, looked up Entner and told him he was still interested in forming a band and that if they could pull it together, a friend of his could get them a paying gig immediately.
Bratton and Entner co-authored the very good and catchy "Beatin' Round the Bush." The two of them and Grill wrote "No Exit," which appeared on their debut album, Let's Live for Today, by himself the lead guitarist also wrote the harder rocking "House of Stone," which closed the same LP.
The Grass Roots - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1084 words)
This band consisted of Creed Bratton, Rick Coonce, Warren Entner and Rob Grill and had formed only a year earlier before submitting a demo tape to Dunhill.
The band was offered the choice to go with their own name or choose to adopt a name that had already been heard of nationwide.
In 1969, Creed Bratton left and was replaced by Dennis Provisor and Terry Furlong to form a quintet - the first of many line-up changes that the band was to be subject to.
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