Fans of the NBC show “The Office” will recognize the name Creed Bratton, the bizarre Quality Assurance director at Dunder Mifflin. The character is a former hippie who played in a 1960s rock band called “The Grass Roots.”
What you may not know is that the actor who plays Creed Bratton is actually named Creed Bratton. And the real-life Creed Bratton was in fact a member of the late-60s band “The Grass Roots.”
Bratton was born William Charles Schneider in 1943. His name was changed to Chuck Ertmoed when his mother remarried. During college, he changed his name again to Creed Bratton and began a global excursion as a traveling musician.
He returned to the states in 1966 and founded the band, the 13th Floor, which later changed its name to The Grass Roots. With Bratton on lead guitar, the group had a string of hits including two Top 10 songs (“Let’s Live For Today” went to No. 8 and “Midnight Confessions” topped the charts at No. 5).
Bratton left the band in 1969 to pursue an acting career, which was rather unspectacular until he landed the role playing himself on “The Office.”
Here’s a video clip of The Grass Roots singing “Let’s Live for Today.” Creed is the guy in the stripped shirt standing behind the drummer. There’s a close up of him at about 1 minute and 30 seconds into the video, and then again at about the 1:47 mark.
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