Singer/songwriter Jimmy Griffin, best known for his work with 1970s soft rock act Bread, died of cancer Tuesday (Jan. 11) at his home near Nashville. He was 61 and had been undergoing treatment for se
Singer/songwriter Jimmy Griffin, best known for his work with 1970s soft rock act Bread, died of cancer Tuesday (Jan. 11) at his home near Nashville. He was 61 and had been undergoing treatment for several months.
James Arthur Griffin's first album, "Summer Holiday," was released in 1963 on Reprise. The producer was Jimmy Bowen, who would eventually go on to head the country divisions of Warner Bros., MCA and Capitol Records.
Griffin gained acclaim as a songwriter, securing cuts by Rudy Vallee, Ed Ames, Lesley Gore, Bobby Vee and others. He ventured into acting as well and had small roles in the movies "For Those Who Think Young" (1964) and "None But the Brave" (1965).
In 1969, Griffin joined Robb Royer, Jim Gordon and David Gates to form Bread, with Michael Botts and Larry Knechtel soon rounding out the lineup. The following year, the Elektra act's debut single, "Make It With You," went No. 1. Subsequent hits included "It Don't Matter to Me," "If," "Baby I'm-A Want You," "Everything I Own," "The Guitar Man," "Aubrey" and "Lost Without Your Love."
Griffin collaborated with Royer and Fred Karlin in 1970 to compose "For All We Know," which became the theme for the film "Lovers and Other Strangers." The song won an Academy Award and was a No. 3 pop hit for the Carpenters in 1971.
Following the breakup of Bread in 1977, Griffin returned to solo recording and songwriting.
In 1991, Griffin, Richard Mainegra and Rick Yancey (the latter two from the group Cymarron) formed the Remingtons and signed to the newly established RCA sublabel BNA Records. The group's first single, "A Long Time Ago," reached No. 10 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in early 1992.
Griffin made occasional performances throughout the '90s with Sylvester and John Ford Coley as Soft Rock Café. He also reunited with Bread for a 1997 world tour.
Griffin is survived by his wife, Marti, daughter Alexis and son Jacob.