Johnny Griffith

Born: 
07/10/1936
City: 
Detroit
Region: 
MI
Country: 
USA
Died: 
11/10/2002
Years Active: 
1950's-2002
Instruments: 
Keyboards

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Griffith played piano and keyboards for Motown Records' in-house Funk Brothers studio band. Among the hundreds of Motown recordings Griffith played on are "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye, "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" by Four Tops, and "Stop! In the Name of Love" by The Supremes.

Griffith played the Steinway grand piano, the Hammond B-3 organ, the Wurlitzer electric piano, the Fender Rhodes, and the celeste and harpsichord. His musical influences included Bud Powell, Glenn Gould, and Oscar Peterson.

Discography

Band of Gold - Freda Payne
Released: 1970
Released: 1973
Released: 2004

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Jazz in Suburbia 06/23/1961 Shain Park Birmingham Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith Recording Session 09/18/1962 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith Recording Session 10/17/1962 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith Recording Session 11/09/1962 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith Recording Session 01/09/1963 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith Recording Session 01/15/1963 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith 03/12/1963 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith 03/13/1963 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith 03/14/1963 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith 03/15/1963 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith 03/16/1963 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith 03/17/1963 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith Recording Session 05/21/1963 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith Recording Session 06/15/1963 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Johnny Griffith 06/22/1963 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Ben Webster 12/27/1963 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Ben Webster 12/28/1963 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Ben Webster 12/29/1963 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Ben Webster 12/30/1963 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Ben Webster 12/31/1963 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Ben Webster 01/01/1964 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Ben Webster 01/02/1964 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Ben Webster 01/03/1964 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Ben Webster 01/04/1964 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Ben Webster 01/05/1964 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA

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