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Pianist Johnny Griffith arrived at Motown at the start of the Sixties having already logged many hours of work as a concert accompanist, his employers including luminaries like Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan. Now highly-sought, Johnny was tabbed by Motown to join the studio band, the Funk Brothers, wooing him with a lucrative independent contract and the promise of his own jazz records as a headline artist. Unusually, Motown made good on both of these promises; Griffith (as leader of the “Johnny Griffith Trio”) only released one single as a name act for Motown’s Workshop Jazz subsidiary label, but he also cut two well-regarded LPs and performed piano parts on dozens of Motown hits. He passed away in 2002.
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