Jimmy Griffin was an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is best known for his role in the 1970s soft-rock supergroup Bread. His musical training started at a young age with the accordion, and it was not long before he was writing songs of his own, and performing around Memphis. He was on his way to becoming one of the most recognized vocalists in the world.
Griffin teamed up with songwriter Michael Z Gordon to write songs for Cher, Sandy Nelson, Lesley Gore, Brian Hyland, the Standells, Bobby Vee, Gary Lewis, and Ed Ames. And of course that haunting classic Dance On The Moon he wrote with Ray Chafin appears on Volume One. Order the album today!
Griffin became most known for his work with the band Bread. They had many top twenty hits including “Make It With You,” “Baby I’m-a Want You,” “If,” “Everything I Own,” "Guitar Man," "Sweet Surrender," "It Don't Matter To Me" and many many more. His vocal performances are his lasting legacy.
Jimmy Griffin has created three solo albums and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song as a co-writer of “For All We Know,” the title song for a Hollywood movie. He also created a line of musical greeting cards with Ray Chafin called "Musicards," which were filled with various messages for special occasions.
Jimmy Griffin started a band called Toast as a reference to his work with Bread. They performed at multiple Nashville venues.He also played with the bands Black Tie, the Remingtons, and GYG. Griffin was planning to take GYG on the road when he fell ill with cancer. He passed away on January 11, 2005 at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, leaving a wealth of music behind that has become known as The Attic Archives.
Martha Griffin met with Ray Chafin, a long time friend and collaborator of Jimmy's, at a Huey's restaurant in Memphis back in 2016. It was there they decided to give Jimmy his rightful encore by releasing The Attic Archives.
Wraysong Records label, strives to bring the rest of Jimmy's previously unreleased recordings up to a quality standard. They worked to restore those they could and remastered those worthy of Jimmy's approval, and Wraysong Records is now sharing them with the world:
A special thanks to Ricky Ray, and his Log Home Studios, for his incredible contribution to the archives. His masterful playing, mixing, and engineering, along with "his angels", were of great help from the beginning. Thanks RR