Billy Griffin – Systematic
Artist: Billy Griffin
Label: PTG Records
Cat. nr: PTG 34219
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Tracklist: BILLY GRIFFIN – SYSTEMATIC
1. Systematic 5:30
2. If I Ever Lose This Heaven 5:09
3. Waiting To Touch 4:40
4. This Ain’t Puppy Love 4:30
5. Electrified 4:05
6. Everybody Needs Somebody 4:28
7. Easy Thing To Say 4:04
8. Can’t Keep Running Away 4:17
Billy Griffin born (1950) and raised in West Baltimore, Maryland was a guitarist, as well as a singer and sang with his brother Donald in a local Baltimore group called The Last Dynasty. Griffin won with his group Last Dynasty a talent program on NBC Television. First prize was a record deal with RCA, but he never took it. The next week, Griffin was in Detroit, auditioning for Berry Gordy and the Motown executives. The audition was to replace Smokey Robinson of the Miracles, and Griffin got the job.
During The Miracles’ nationwide 1972 Farewell Tour with Smokey Robinson, Griffin was introduced by Robinson as his replacement in The Miracles as lead singer. After a couple of singles the Miracles released “Do It Baby” in 1974, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard R&B charts and became the group’s first big hit with Griffin. Like Robinson before him, Griffin co-wrote many of the Miracles’ songs, in addition to singing lead vocal. Griffin and original Miracles member Pete Moore wrote all of the Miracles’ 1975 platinum selling album, “City of Angels”. During his tenure with the group, they recorded three hits: “Do It Baby” in 1974, and the Miracles’ most successful single, the number-one hit “Love Machine”, in 1975 which sold 4.5 million records worldwide.