‘Take a Letter, Maria’ Singer R.B. Greaves Dies at 68

R.B. Greaves

R.B. Greaves, a smooth R&B crooner who scored a No. 2 hit in 1969 with the infectious break-up song “Take a Letter, Maria,” died September 27 in Los Angeles. He was 68.

The singer’s son confirmed the news, according to the New York Times, but provided no other information on cause of death.

Armed with a voice reminiscent of Sam Cooke, his uncle, Greaves’ upbeat “Take a Letter, Maria” is sung from the perspective of a husband dictating a Dear John letter to his secretary, named Maria.

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via ‘Take a Letter, Maria’ Singer R.B. Greaves Dies at 68 | Billboard.

Also see: Ronald Bertram “R.B.” Greaves obit and guestbook on Legacy.com