Don Griffin, guitarist for the Miracles and Anita Baker who had a big position within the music of the ’70s and ’80s, died in a automotive crash on Thursday night time in Denver, Colorado, at age 60, according to Billboard.
Don, whose brother Billy Griffin was the Miracles’ post-Smokey Robinson lead singer, was born in Baltimore and attended The Peabody Conservatory of Music at age 17. After William “Smokey” Robinson left the Miracles, the group recruited Griffin.
Don Griffin, guitarist, joined with the band in 1974 and aided the group because it revamped its sound to correspond extra intently with the brand new and. The musician’s talent was featured within the group’s hit single, “Love Machine,” in addition to on the Miracles’ double-platinum-selling album, “Metropolis of Angles.”
After the Miracles disbanded within the late ’70s, Don Griffin and Billy continued to write down songs collectively as Don labored alongside his brother on Billy’s Columbia solo albums. Throughout this time, Griffin additionally signed on with Madagascar, a disco group, because it put out its 1981 album, “Spirit of the Road.”
Clive Davis additionally signed Madagascar to Arista Data for the only hit, “Child Not Tonight” in 1981. As Don and Billy continued to collaborate on Billy’s solo tasks, the 2 labored collectively on the platinum single, “Maintain Me Tighter within the Rain.”
Anita Baker additionally snatched up Don Griffin and his skills in 1986, recruiting him as her rhythm guitarist for her album, “Rapture,” in line with Billboard.
After these hits, Don Griffin continued to efficiently play and collaborate with different artists all through the subsequent few many years, working with artists together with Donna Summer, Lalah Hathaway, and Earl Klugh, as he wrote and recorded his personal music, most notably some clean jazz solo music throughout the previous few years, in line with Soultracks.
Don Griffin, guitarist, is survived by his brother Billy, in addition to his son, Brandon, and his sister, Diane.