Ronald Bertram Aloysius “R. B.” Greaves III (November 28, 1943 – September 27, 2012) was an American singer who had chart success in 1969 with the pop single “Take a Letter, Maria“. A number two hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, this single sold one million copies, and it earned gold record certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Greaves also had a Top 40 pop hit one year later with “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me“.
Greaves was born in 1943 on the U.S. Army Air Forces base at Georgetown, Guyana. A nephew of Sam Cooke, he grew up on a Seminole Indian reservation in the United States, but he moved to England in 1963. Greaves had built a career both in the Caribbean and in the UK, where he performed under the name Sonny Childe with his group The TNTs.