Robert Greenidge was born in Success Village, Laventille, Trinidad, West Indies on 28 April 1950. His first playing experience came under the direction of his uncle, Carl Greenidge who was a renowned arranger and tuner. At the tender age of eight, he began executing the art of the steel drums with the Savoys Steel Orchestra. Possessing an artistic ear for playing various types of compositions, he was recruited at the age of 15 by Trinidadís leading steel orchestra "Desperadoes" nine time panorama winners and current champions. They were winners of several prestigious awards including: the Prime Minister Trophy, The Triple Crown, The Governors General Cup, and the Music Festival Trophy.
At sixteen Robert performed at the First Negro Arts Festival in Africa, which was quite an experience for such a young man. The following year 1967, he performed at the Montreal Exposition in Canada, followed by an extensive tour to London, Zambia and New York in 1968. In 1970 Robert was chosen to represent Trinidad and Tobago, both as a soloist and a member of Trinidad National Steel Orchestra.
In 1971 Greenidge migrated to New York City, where he mastered the art of composing and arranging at the Third Street Musical Conservatory. A proposal was set in that December to arrange and play with the Music Makers Steel Orchestra in Los Angeles, California. They toured for the next two years through California and Nevada. In 1974 Robert settled in Los Angeles, California. His recording contracts began to mount in 1975 with various artist such as, Maurice White, Earth Wind and Fire, Harry Neilson, RCA, and John Lennon and Ringo Star of the Beatles just to name a few.
By 1978 Robert returned to Trinidad to work with Rudolph Charles (Desperadoes), one of the innovators of a newly designed steel drum which required hand, foot coordination dexterity and speed. His expertise bought the Desperadoes Steel Orchestra to a new height in music. Ever since the Trinidad Carnival of 1979, he has returned to Trinidad every year to play. In 1983 Robert assisted in the arranging, which included the new Quadraphonic and Harmony (six 6 drum) - the extension of Charles innovational new drums. In 1985 Despers took first place at Panorama.
Prior to 1985 Robert had the opportunity to record an album with Jimmy Buffett. He began touring shortly after to promote the album and ever since then he's been performing and recording with the Jimmy Buffett and the "Coral Reefers Band."
Albums available through Mailboat