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Dominic Grech was best known as the main singer-songwriter with The Tramps, Gozo's most acclaimed pop band.

He started singing with the group The Rosebells and Gemini 5 while still a student, founded The Tramps in Victoria, Gozo, in the mid-sixties. The pop group made its first studio recordings in 1974 with a line-up comprising Grech (lead vocals and guitar), Joe Cassar (keyboards and vocals), Spiro Sillato (vocals and bass guitar) and Carmel Portelli (vocals, drums and percussions).

During that year The Tramps went on tour in Canada and repeated the same tour two years afterwards. Grech and the rest of The Tramps also toured Australia in 1981.

The Tramps made their last public appearance in December 2004, where they gave their traditional Christmas gig in Victoria. They had been doing this for about twenty five years.

The Tramps were undoubtedly the most popular Gozitan pop group ever. Their most successful recordings include Xemx and Inti Diamant. In the eighties they won the Malta Song Festival with Sinjur Ġib il-Paċi.

Dominic Grech was also a restaurateur and ran Exotique's Gozo outlet for a number of years and Arzella restaurant. He died on 24 August, 2005 at the Gozo General Hospital after a prolonged illness. He was 55 year old.