Chanteur Country Canadien né John Ray Griff le 22 Avril 1940 à Vancouver (British Columbia).

Canadian singer and songwriter Ray Griff overcame a difficult childhood to become one his country's more successful country songwriters. Born on April 22, 1940 in Vancouver, British Columbia, he moved to Winfield, Alberta with his mother and brother when his parents split up. Suffering from a stuttering problem, Griff found solace in his love for music, forming a band with several other local kids at the age of eight, drumming and singing. He soon taught himself to play guitar and piano and, by the time he was twelve, Griff was writing songs. Although he earned an invitation to join the Canadian Olympic team as a long jumper, he put aside athletic endeavors to remain focused on music fronting his own band, The Blue Echos, while in high school. The group played often around Calgary (where Griff's family had relocated) and one performance led to Griff touring Western Canada as an opener for Johnny Horton at the age of sixteen. During the our, Griff played a song for Horton which he had written specifically for the singer. Horton ended up cutting the song, "Mister Moonlight, and Griff began making trips to Nashville in 1961 to pitch songs. His next break came when singer Jim Reeves took note of Griff's "Where Do We Go From Here" and, after recording the song, encouraged Griff to relocate to Nashville. However, shortly after Griff arrived, Reeves was killed in an accident and Griff was forced to take on a succession of odd jobs to support himself while he attempted to get his fledgling career off the ground. He briefly signed a record contract but the deal fell through. An opportunity to play a song for legendary producer Owen Bradley led to a publishing deal instead and for the next two decades Griff would make a name as a successful songwriter with his songs recorded by numerous country notables including Ray Price, Mel Tillis, Dolly Parton, and George Jones. Griff continued to perform during this time, releasing a handful of his own albums such as Songs For Everyone and The Last Of The Winfield Amateurs, as well as having a television show in Canada. In 1989, he was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and two years later saw him issue See Ya, Love Ya, Bye, his first album in fifteen years.

http://www.raygriff.com/

Talents : Singer, Guitar, Piano

Style musical : Contemporary Country

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Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

1965 SP GROOVE 58-0054 (US) .

Don't Lead Me On / That Weepin' Willow Tree

1965 SP GROOVE 58-0063 (US) .

Golden Years / Tongue Twistin' Time

1967 SP NOTE A 100 (US) .

Carbon Copy / Too Close To Home

12/1967 SP MGM K 13855 (US) .

Your Lily White Hands / One Of The Chosen Few

03/1968 SP DOT 45-17082 (US) .

Till The Right One Comes Along / The Sugar From My Candy

08/1968 SP DOT 45-17124 (US) .

A Ray Of Sunshine / Baby

11/1968 SP DOT 45-17171 (US) .

A Lean Horse / Sweet Bird Of Youth

01/1969 SP DOT 45-17206 (US) .

Move A Little Farther Along / Wanderin' Through The Valley

05/1969 SP DOT 45-17252 (US) .

Miracles Do Happen / Pebble On The Beach

08/1969 SP DOT 45-17288 (US) .

The Entertainer / Caution To The Wind

1970 SP RCA VICTOR PB-50441 (CAN) .

What Can I Say / My Everlasting Love

05/1970 SP US Royal American RA-16 (US) .

My Everlasting Love / Ain't It Where To Go

08/1970 SP US Royal American RA-19 (US) .

Patches / Dixie

02/1971 SP US Royal American RA-30 (US) .

Don't Look At Me / ?

06/1971 SP US Royal American RA-38 (US) .

Wait A Little Longer / What Can I Say

10/1971 SP US Royal American RA-46 (US)

The Mornin' After Baby Let Me Down / I'll Love You Enough For Both Of Us

02/1972 SP US Royal American RA-56 (US) .

Waxahache Woman / It's The First Day

10/1972 SP DOT DOA-17440 (US) .

It Rains Just The Same In Missouri / Somewhere Between Atlanta And Mobile

03/1973 SP DOT DOA-17456 (US) .

A Song For Everyone / Another Sad Affair

08/1973 SP DOT DOA-17471 (US) .

Darlin' I Need / What Got To You (Before It Got To Me)

04/1974 SP DOT DOA-17501 (US) .

Lost Love Of Mine / That Doesn't Mean (I Don't Love My God)

09/1974 SP DOT DOA-17519 (US) .

The Hill / All Loved Out

01/1975 SP DOT DOA-17542 (US) .

If That's What It Takes / Adam's Child

08/1975 SP CAPITOL 4126 (US) .

You Ring My Bell / Dear Jesus

01/1976 SP CAPITOL 4208 (US) .

If I Let Her Come In / Runnin'

05/1976 SP CAPITOL 4266 (US) .

I Love The Way That You Love Me / Wrapped Around Your Finger

08/1976 SP CAPITOL 4320 (US) .

That's What I Get (For Doin' My Own Thinkin') / Falling

12/1976 SP CAPITOL 4368 (US) .

The Last Of The Winfield Amateurs / You Put The Bounce Back Into My Step

04/1977 SP CAPITOL 4415 (US) .

A Passing Thing / Piano Man

06/1977 SP CAPITOL 4446 (US) .

A Cold Day In July / Rusty

10/1977 SP CAPITOL 4492 (US) .

Raymond's Place / Goodbye Baby

1977 SP MBS 1027 (CAN) .

Ray's Bar and Grill / Out Of Tune With The Times

1978 SP BOOT BTX 227 (CAN) .

Canada / Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels

1979 SP BOOT BTX 247 (CAN) .

Friends And Neighbours / Jacket River

09/1981 SP VISION V-440 (US) .

Draw Me A Line / Heaven

06/1982 SP VISION V-442 (US) .

Things That Songs Are Made Of / Light As A Feather

04/1983 SP RCA PB-50722 (CAN) .

If Tomorrow Never Comes / Draw Me A Line

1983 SP RCA PB-50760 (CAN) .

So Close / Head Over Heels

1984 SP RCA PB-50774 (CAN) .

You / Rainbow

1984 SP RCA PB-50798 (CAN) .

Diamond In The Rough / I Don't Cross Every

11/1984 SP RCA PB-50807 (CAN) .

Christmas Isn't Christmas Without You / Diamond In The Rough

1984 SP RCA PB-50808 (CAN) .

A Light In The Window / Middle Of The Afternoon

1985 SP RCA PB-50827 (CAN) .

I Did / A Soft Touch

04/1986 SP RCA PB-50846 (CAN) .

What My Woman Does To Me / Christmas Isn't Christmas Without You

1986 SP RCA PB-50873 (CAN) .

It Don’t Make A House A Home / ?

1986 SP RCA PB-50899 (CAN) .

I Can't See Me / I Can't Live With You

08/1986 SP Evergreen EV 1044 (US) .

Reelin' Rockin' Rollin' / Candy Apple World

1986 ? SP BOOKSHOP 45749 (CAN) .

Dividing My Time / ?

1987 SP BOOKSHOP 45759 (CAN) .

That Old Montana Moon / My Hands Are Tied

1987 ? SP BOOKSHOP 45765 (CAN) .

Calgary, Calgary / That Old Montana Moon

1988 ? SP BOOKSHOP 45793 (CAN) .

Snow Covered Mountains / And Then You Came Along

1988 ? SP BOOKSHOP 45802 (CAN) .

Damned If I Do Damned If I Don't / Bury Me With My Boots Off

1988 SP ATI ATI-A0392 (CAN) .

Day Break / ?

1989 SP ATI ATI-0915 (CAN) .

Flames / I Still Dream







Albums

06/1968 LP 12" DOT DLP-25868 (US) A RAY OF SUNSHINE - Ray Of Sunshine / Baby / Move A Little Further Along / I Got You / One Of The Chosen Few / Your Lily White Hands / Sugar From My Candy / Something Special / Take My Hand / I Wanna Live / Right One Comes Along / Lean Horse
03/1972 LP 12" GRT 9214-1007 (US) RAY GRIFF SINGS - Mornin' After Baby Let Me Down / Wait A Little Longer / My Way / Quits / Don't Look At Me In That Tone Of Voice / Waxahachie Woman / It's The First Day / What Can I Say / My Rocky Mountain Home / I Can't Stop The Rain From Falling / Sweet City Woman / Patches
1972 LP 12" GRT 9230-1014 (US) THE ENTERTAINER - Wanderin' Through The Valleys / Don't Lead Me On / Devil's Workshop / Baby That Ain't All / The Stroke Of A Pen / This Time Tomorrow / Canadian Pacific / The Golden Years / Carbon Copy / That Weepin' Willow Tree / Too Close To Home / The Entertainer's Song
1973 LP 12" GRT 9230-1026 (US) THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD - Love Is Blind / Confused / Sweet Inspiration / Upper Crust / I Can Tell / Dixie / Miracles Do Happen / You Took Away The Sun / Lonely / Go On / Music Is The Food Of Love / Tongue Twistin' Time
09/1973 LP 12" DOT DOS-26013 (US) SONGS OF EVERYONE - Mornin' After Baby Let Me Down / Heaven Is My Woman's Love / Somewhere Between Atlanta And Mobile / Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano / Darlin' / What Got To You (Before It Got To Me) / It Rains Just The Same In Missouri / You Can Have Her / Another Sad Affair / Song For Everyone / Wine
11/1974 LP 12" DOT DOSD-2011 (US) EXPRESSIONS - Hill / When There's Silver In My Hair / Leave It On / I'm All Loved Out / Sundown / Adam's Child / Wasted Years / I'm A Ramblin' Man / It's As Simple As That / Lost Love Of Mine / That Doesn't Mean
01/1976 LP 12" CAPITOL ST-11486 (US) RAY GRIFF - You Ring My Bell / I Love The Way That You Love Me / Runnin' / Help Me Down From Heaven / If I Let Her Come In / Baby's Gettin' Around (To Givin' Up On Me) / Tucson Sun / Falling / Wrapped Around Your Finger / Dear Jesus
11/1976 LP 12" CAPITOL ST-11566 (US) THE LAST OF THE WINDFIELD AMATEURS - Last Of The Winfield Amateurs / I Never Should Have Crossed The Mississippi / You Put The Bounce Back Into My Step / Between This Time And The Next Time / Rusty / Passing Thing / That's What I Get (For Doin' My Own Thinkin') / Let Me Be You / Piano Man / If Not For You
11/1977 LP 12" CAPITOL ST-11718 (US) RAYMOND'S PLACE - Cold Day In July / I Keep On Forgetting / You're Wearin' Me Down / You've Used Up All My Love For You / Little Peace And Harmony / Raymond's Place / Cora Lee / Our Love Is Under Fire / Goodbye Baby / Pretty In Blue
1977 LP 12" RCA KXL1-0249 (CAN) THE WORLD OF RAY GRIFF - What Can I Say / Wanderin' Through The Valleys / Too Close To Home / My Ever Lasting Love / That Weepin' Willow Tree / It's The First Day / Ain't No Where To Go / Carbon Copy / Dixie / Sweet Bird Of Youth / Wait A Little Longer / My Rocky Mountain Home / Don't Lead Me On / Caution To The Wind / Entertainer's Song / Don't Look At Me (In That Tone Of Voice) / Stroke Of A Pen / Pebble On The Beach / I'll Love You Enough (For Both Of Us) / Goodtime Country
1978 LP 12" BOOT MBS-1 (CAN) RAY'S BAR AND GRILL - You're Never Satisfied / My Tears Came Down / Smokey's Tavern / Have You No Feelings At All / All Night Café / Ray's Bar And Grill / To Know You Is To Love You / Snap Dragon / Out Of Tune With The Times / Sunflower
1979 LP 12" BOOT BOS-7201 (CAN) CANADA (MY NATIVE LAND) - Canada / D-Dogies / Jacket River / Sweet Bird Of Youth / Calgary Alberta / Betty Mitchell / Friends And Neighbors / Canadian Pacific / I Thank God / If It Hadn't Been For Music
06/1980 LP 12" BOOT BOS-7210 (CAN) MAPLE LEAF - Maple Leaf / Garrington / Our Country Doctor / Mama, This One's For You / Jimmy, Luke And Me / Swift Current‘ / Alberta, My Alberta / My Rocky Mountain Home / Nashville / The Last Of The Winfield Amateurs
1981 LP 12" BOOT BOS-7219 (CAN) THE GREATEST HITS OF RAY GRIFF - The Morning After My Baby Let Me Down / If Thats What It Takes / A Cold Day In July / Your Little White Hands / A Song For Everyone / The Last Of The Winfield Amateurs / It Rains Just The Same In Missouri / Sweet City Woman / Patches / You Ring My Bell / If I Let Her Come In / That's What I Get / Darlin' / Piano Man / I Love The Way That You Love Me / The Hill / My Way / The Sugar From My Candy / Canada / Raymond's Place
1981 LP 12" BOOT BOS-7221 (CAN) ADAM'S CHILD - Adam's Child / These Are The Reasons / I Thank God, Where Do I Go From Here / That Doesn't Mean I Don't Love My God / Dear Jesus / Let's Cross One Bridge At A Time / Lord Sweet Lord / Turn Off The Devil, Eyes Of God
1983 LP 12" RCA KXL1-0431 (CAN) YOU CAN COUNT ON ME - If Tomorrow Never Comes / Over Looked And Under Loved / Things That Songs Are Made Of / A Soft Touch / Diamond In The Rough / Only Then / You Can Count On Me / Even / Draw Me A Line / Gone
1985 LP 12" RCA KXL1-0563 (CAN) SKY IS THE LIMIT - I Can't See Me / It Don't Make A House A Home / Margaret Kelley / I Can't Live With You / That's What My Woman Does To Me / I Did, Do You Suppose / Light On The Window / Alone / When It Comes To You
1987 LP 12" Bookshop BSR-33-75 (CAN)

My Kind Of Country - That Old Montana Moon / My Life's Companion / The Biggest High I Get / Bury Me With My Boots Off / Dividin' My Time / Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don't / Snow Covered Mountains / My Hands Are Tied / Shame / And Then You Came Along

1988 CD WARNER BROS. 56701-2 (CAN) RAY GRIFF AND FRIENDS - Honest To Goodness Amigos (Ray GRIFF & Ronnie PROPHET) / I Never Said (Ray GRIFF & Marie BOTTRELL) / Movin' Around (Ray GRIFF & Dick DAMRON) / Light As A Feather (Ray GRIFF & Glory-Anne CARRIERE) / Cowboy's Need A Little Lovin' Too (Ray GRIFF & Gary BUCK) / You Can't Make A Dancer (Ray GRIFF & Gilles GODARD) / Shiny (Ray GRIFF & Susan JACKS) / When Marcy Was A Baby (Ray GRIFF & Eddie EASTMAN) / I Can Take It (Ray GRIFF& Sheila-Ann) / Moonlight (Ray Griff & Terry Carisse)
1989 CD FOCUS FOCUSCD-1000 (CAN)

Canada / My Native Land - Canada / Garrington / If It Hadn't Been For Music / The Last Of The Winfield Amateurs / Sweet Bird Of Youth / Our Country Doctor / Betty Mitchell / D-Dogies / Calgary, Alberta / Mama This One's For You / Jimmy, Luke And Me / Canadian Pacific / Alberta, My Alberta / Jacket River / Maple Leaf / Friends And Neighbors / My Rocky Mountain Home / Piano Man / That Old Montana Moon / Curley / Calgary, Calgary / A Light In The Window

1990 CD ATI ATICD1005 (CAN) THERE'LL ALWAYS BE CHRISTMAS - Mama Made Christmas Shine For Me / Oh Holy Night / Christmas At My Country Home / First Noel / Christmas Isn't Christmas Without You / There'll Always Be Christmas Time / Silent Night / Old Fashioned Christmas / O Little Town Of Bethlehem / Christmas Tears
1993 2 CD FOCUS FOCUSCD-1001/2 (CAN) THROUGH THE YEARS - VOL. 1 - 2 - Your Lily White Hands / Baby / Sugar From My Candy / You're Something Special / Ray Of Sunshine / After The Laughter / What Can I Say / Gettin' Back To Norma / Patches / Step Aside / Mornin' After Baby Let Me Down / Better Move It On Home / It Rains Just The Same In Missouri / Hill / You're Wearin' Me Down / Where Love Begins / If That's What It Takes / Darlin' / Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano / If I Let Her Come In / It Couldn't Have Been Any Better / I Love The Way That You Love Me / You Ring My Bell / Between This Time And The Next / Raymond's Place
2001 CD FOCUS FOCUSCD-1003 (CAN) SEE YA, LOVE YA, BYE - I Want To Listen To You Breathe / Cool One / Whistlin' In The Dark / Wrestlin' With Shadows / See Ya Love Ya Bye / I Lied (And That's The Truth) / Big Daddy / Rocky Mountain Girl / From Here To Eternity / Dance
2002 CD FOCUS FC 3 (CAN) ADAM'S CHILD - Adam's Child / These Are The Reasons / I Thank God / Where Do I Go From Here / That Doesn't Mean I Don't Love My God / Dear Jesus / Let's Cross One Bridge At A Time / Lord Sweet Lord / Turn Off The Devil / Eyes Of God / God Must Think A Lot Of Me / In The Name Of Jesus / When God Closes A Door
2003 CD FOCUS FOCUSCD-1004 (CAN) 24 CARAT COUNTRY GOLD - Baby / Your Lily White Hands / After The Laughter Comes The Tears / Canadian Pacific / What Can I Say / Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano / Mornin' After Baby Let Me Down / Gettin' Back To Norma / Last Of The Winfield Amateurs / Where Love Begins / It Couldn't Have Been Any Better / Darlin' / If That's What It Takes / Step Aside / Light In The Window / I Love The Way That You Love Me / Canada / It Rains Just The Same In Missouri / Better Move It On Home / Between This Time And The Next Time / Honest To Goodness Amigos / If I Let Her Come In / Reelin' Rockin' Rollin' / You Ring My Bell
2004 CD FOCUS FOCUS 007 (CAN) PURE IVORY - A Kiss Away / Love Me Tender / Teardrops / Last Date / Brahms Lullaby / Cabbage Rolls / Tennessee Waltz / Silhouettes / Vaya Con Dios / Old Piano Roll Blues / After Dark / Near You / Forbidden Love / In The Mood / Miss You / Givin' It / Blue Canadian Rockies / Adios / Ray's Bar And Grill / Amazing Grace
2004 CD FOCUS FOCUS 008 (CAN) REAL LOVE - I'm Not Through Loving You Yet / Real Love / Turn Around / My First Day In London / Alone Or With Somebody Else / Look / I Know You Know / Ohio / Trouble's Back In Town / Thank God For My Dog And My Piano / Face In The Crowd / I'm Gettin' Better / Beyond The Clouds
2005 CD FOCUS FOCUSCD-1008 (CAN) 24 CARAT COUNTRY GOLD II - Something Special (Ray GRIFF) / Sugar From My Candy / Hill / Wait A Little Longer / Patches / Ray Of Sunshine / If Tomorrow Never Comes / Piano Man / Passing Thing / You're Wearing' Me Down / What Got To You / That's What I Get / Cold Day In July / Head Over Heels / Song For Everyone / Pretty In Blue / Gone / Raymond's Place / Daybreak / Diamond In The Rough / What My Woman Does To Me / Putting Me Back Together / It's Not The Right Time / Senorita
2006 CD FOCUS FOCUSCD-1009 (CAN) TRIBUTE - It’s Not The Right Time (Ray Griff) / A Bottle Of Wine And Patsy Cline (Mary RESEK) / Brand On My Heart (Gene GEBO) / Honest To Goodness Amigo’s (Ronnie PROPHET & Ray GRIFF) / You Changed The Locks (Brent McATHEY) / Moody (Toni LYNNE) / Walk With Me (James INTVELD) / Shiny (Susan JEVKS & Ray GRIFF) / Texas Cinderella (Jack HOLLAND) / Tundra And Tacoma (Shane CHISHOLM) / Changes (GLORY-ANNE & Ray GRIFF) / That Old Montana Moon (Ray GRIFF) / Fantasy (MONIKA With A “K”) / Wind And Rain (Serge PLOTNIKOFF) / Get Away, Let’s Get Closer (MARLA & Ray GRIFF) / My Rocky Mountain Home (Gary FAIRBURN) / Dreamy Eyes (Laura CREEGAN) / My World Is Standing Still (Chuck IRVIN) / Moving Around (Dick DAMRON & Ray GRIFF) / The Middle Of The Bed (Tracey K. HOUSTON) / When God Closes A Door (George HAMILTON IV)
2009 CD FOCUS FOCUSCD-1010 (CAN) BRING IT ON - Bring It On / How When Where Why / What Ended Too Soon / Mrs Chiles Southern Style Cafe / I Never Sent It / If I Had It To Do All Over / I Remember Loving You / Oh What I'd Give / Bobby Valentine / God Knows
2011 CD FOCUS ? (CAN)

Heart Strings - A Soft Touch / Nobody / Falling / A Few Short Steps / I Can't Live With You / Somewhere Between Atlanta And Mobile / Why / My Valley / Alone / I Still Dream / Do You Suppose / In My Mind's Eye / Someday / Never Again

2012 CD FOCUS ? (CAN)

Draw Me A Line - Draw Me A Line / At Sunset / Bye Gone Days / I Don't Cross Every T /  I Can't See Me / Heaven / Beautiful Music / The Promise / Talk To Me / Candy Apple World / Runnin'; Baby's Gettin' Around / Tucson Sun / So Close / You Can Believe It

2013 CD FOCUS ? (CAN)

Wanderin‘ Through The Valleys - Wanderin' Through The Valleys / Don't Lead Me On / What A Difference Your Love Would Make / Devil's Workshop / Cover It Up / The Middle Of The Afternoon / Gonna Lay Me Down Beside My Memories / You Can't Say I Haven't Tried / Lost Love Of Mine / It's The First Day / Under The Weather / For A While / Nothin' But Habit / The Older A Heart Gets / Ain't No Where To Go

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