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Beth Griffith, daughter of original Funk Brother Pianist, Johnny Griffith, will represent her father in Hollywood! The legendary Motown Funk Brothers receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11:30 am pt. Ray Parker Jr. joins surviving Funk Brothers – Jack Ashford, Joe Messina and Eddie Willis in this star-studded ceremony as guest speaker.
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, Leron Gubler said, ”many of us grew up with their amazing hit songs which they performed with some of the biggest stars of Motown!’’ Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame said, “The star ceremony will be streamed LIVE” http://www.walkoffame.com.
The music legacy of Johnny Griffith has been realized by his daughter Beth. She is a background vocalist for Universal Motown recording artist KEM, former background vocalist for Grammy Award recording artist Anita Baker and worked closely with Whitney Houston as Houston’s body-double and stand-in actress for the movie Sparkle. Beth is a dynamic cohost of the radio show Walk On Purpose with Kelly Crews and launched her own entertainment information segment called Back Stage with Beth.
Beth Griffith shared, “I am very proud to represent my father, Johnny Griffith and attend the ceremony. I have many many memories of dad’s music which was his life . . . the Motown Sound which I know he was proud to be a vital part of. Congratulations to the surviving Funk Brothers who I cannot wait to meet – Jack Ashford, Joe Messina and Eddie Willis. I am excited, but this is going to be very emotional for me.”
Johnny Griffith started playing at the age of 16 with Blues legend, John Lee Hooker and before he signed with Motown’s ‘Workshop Jazz’ label in 1961, Griffith had already toured with Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin and Sarah Vaughan. Listed below are a few noted performances of Motown’s ‘’hired-gun’’ Johnny Griffith:
- How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (Marvin Gaye)
– Mercy Mercy Me – The Ecology (Marvin Gaye)
- I Can’t Help Myself -Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch (Four Tops)
- Stop In The Name Of Love (Supremes)
- I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye Version)
– Aint Too Proud to Beg (Temptations)
- Stop In The Name of Love (Supremes)
- Shotgun (Junior Walker and the All-Stars)
On his return home to Detroit in November 2002, Johnny Griffith would pass away one day before the premiere of Standing in the Shadows of Motown, a documentary of the musical contribution of the Funk Brothers and how the sound they created impacted and inspired a nation. Johnny Griffith was 66.
As Beth Griffith embraces the music legacy of her father Johnny Griffith, creating awareness about her his remarkable musical contributions to the Motown sound, she welcomes interview opportunities through Universal Xperience.