“Mr. Fabulous” in Bermuda

“Tony Grandberry’s set at the Festival on Friday evening lent an appropriate touch of ‘retro’ to an affair looking back over its ten-year existence. Gifted with a smooth baritone, and able to move into a tenor’s range with ease ,this crooner gave us The World Is A Ghetto, the Marvin Gaye classic, What’s Going On, and the first of two versions of My Funny Valentine we were to hear during the evening. He was backed by a group consisting of piano, bass, drums, and alto saxophone. They gave the impression of being an up-scale lounge band, very good, and a bit surprised to find them in a festival. They took their opportunity, and certainly turned out to be crowd -pleasers. Tony dedicated One in A Million, to Premier Alex Scott and his wife, and followed with that gem Living for the Love of You. Whoever had the idea to place a real Fender Rhodes on stage was inspired. So much of what was recorded in the 70’s and later bore this trade-mark sound. The first two chords of the subsequent number, dedicated to the recently deceased master crooner Luther Vandross, was all that was needed to bring a squeal of delighted recognition from the crowd: House is Not a Home. A whole generation’s come along identifying that tune with Vandross, but older heads might remember a certain Dionne Warwick launching the Bacharach/ David classic. But such was Luther’s power to stamp what ever he did as his very own.”

The Royal Gazette – Bermuda