Ray Griff

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Ray Griff
Ray Griff in 1969
Ray Griff in 1969
Background information
Birth nameRaymond Griff
Born(1940-04-22)April 22, 1940[1]
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
DiedMarch 9, 2016(2016-03-09) (aged 75)
Years active1964 – 2016
LabelsDot, Capitol

Raymond "Ray" Griff (April 22, 1940 – March 9, 2016) was a Canadian country music singer-songwriter. He was from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Griff began songwriting in the early 1960s. Griff moved to Nashville in 1964 to pursue his music career full-time. His first records as a singer were released in the late 1960s. Griff had his first hit, "Patches", a remake of the Clarence Carter soul hit in 1970 which peaked at No. 26 in Billboard.

Griff recorded for the small country label Royal American and later moved on to Dot Records without much success. His stint at Capitol Records from 1975-1979 was more successful, racking up eight more country top 40 hits, the most successful being 1976's "If I Let Her Come In" which peaked at No. 11.[1]

Griff died in Canada from pneumonia after going through surgery on March 9, 2016.[2] He was aged 75.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Demalon, Tom. "Ray Griff biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  2. ""Ray Griff, dead at age 75", Rodeo Country Radio, March 10, 2016". Archived from the original on March 11, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016.