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Griffin, Paul

Paul Griffin
Session Musician

Paul Griffin, 62, an organist and pianist who played for the
albums of several music stars including Bob Dylan and Aretha
Franklin, died June 14 2000 at his home in New York. He had diabetes
and was awaiting a liver transplant.

He played for thousands of recording sessions and was a
keyboardist on albums by Dylan and Franklin as well as Steely
Dan, Don McLean, the Isley Brothers, the Shirelles and all the
albums that Burt Bacharach and Hal David made with Dionne
Warwick. His piano is also heard in "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My

Mr. Griffin, who was known for his gospel-charged style, learned
to play as a youth by watching the organist at his Harlem church.
He later studied classical music and was an occasional
accompanist at the Apollo Theater, where saxophone player King
Curtis heard him and offered him his first professional tour and
recording dates.

(Washington Post)

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