Dominic Grech, the lead singer of the popular Gozitan pop group The Tramps, died on Tuesday at the Gozo General Hospital. He was 55. Grech sang almost every song recorded by The Tramps, including the hits Xemx and Għawdex Inti Djamant, and composed many of them.|
Dominic Grech, who started singing with the group The Rosebells and Gemini 5 while still a student, founded The Tramps in Victoria, Gozo, in the mid-sixties. The pop group made its first studio recordings in 1974 with a lineup comprising Grech (lead vocals and lead acoustic guitar), Joe Cassar (keyboards and vocals), Spiro Sillato (vocals and base guitar) and Carmel Portelli (vocals, drums and percussions). During that year The Tramps went on tour in Canada and repeated the same tour two years afterwards. Grech and the rest of The Tramps also toured Australia in 1981.
The Tramps made their last public appearance in December 2004, where they gave their traditional Christmas gig in Victoria. They had been doing this for more than twenty years.
The Tramps were undoubtedly the most popular Gozitan pop group ever. In the eighties they won the Malta Song Festival with their hit Sinjur Ġib il-Paċi.
Dominic Grech was also a restaurateur and ran Exotique's Gozo outlet for a number of years.
Dominic Grech: A Tribute - from Pierre J. Mejlak's Blog
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