Donald James McGrory, 73, of West Stockbridge died on April 8, 2022.
Son of Donald and Francis McGrory, Don was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Don was a passionate and respected blues musician.
As a young man, his love for delta blues began, naturally, in his hometown. He studied guitar with blues legend Furry Louis. He had memories of his mother taking him to the local ballpark to see Elvis and watching Jerry Lee Lewis perform at his high school dances. Don studied architecture at Memphis State, but life had other plans. The call from New York came in 1971, bringing Don to the big city and new musical adventures. He worked and played
there at notable clubs for several years, moving to the Berkshires in 1976.
Don worked in local restaurants and developed relationships with other musicians that would last for decades. He played guitar for a pianist who was also a dealer in antique oriental rugs. Don was fascinated by the beauty and history of antique rugs and so began his rug career which spanned over 40 years. Over the years Don had four carpet shops in Great Barrington and one in West Stockbridge, retiring in 2019.
Don was known for his guitar prowess and National Treasures. He was an accomplished solo artist and member of many bands “The Amazing Pointless Brothers”, “Mojo Coffee”, “The Hoo Doo Rhythm Dogs”, “Little Donnie and the Rockets” and “Delta Soul” to name a few. -ones. The sessions in his rehearsal room were graced by the most talented musicians of the moment. He has also recorded a few records. Don’s love for the blues has never waned. He could be an enigma. Sometimes a demanding leader to his bandmates, a teacher, a friend, an inspiration, Don was a valued member of our Berkshire community.
He leaves his wife, Robin Greeson; his son, Alexander McGrory; and his family, Max, Rachel, Andrew, Levon and Francis. Don is also survived by his beloved dog, Rothko.