Johnny Griffith Inc – Let’s Get It On

The right photo thanks Larry for pointing that out. I uploaded the wrong one

Very Nice and Slow like the handwritten message says!

Download or Listen to Johnny Griffith Inc – Let’s Get It On from the RCA 45

Monday again, and it comes so quick. Only having one day off really wears on you, but at least I had a good day off doing nothing. Sometimes that is exactly what you need. For all of you Reggae heads, there will be more where Friday’s post came from. I hope you enjoyed a little bit of the sounds of JA as much as I did. Ok, here’s one that I’ve been sitting on for a while. This will most definitely make the FMF Covers mix that I plan to make at some point. Here’s Johnny Griffith Inc. with “Let’s Get It On” on RCA Records from 1974.

Johnny Griffith was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1936. This future Funk Brother’s main influence was Jazz, and his instrument was the piano. He held music degrees from Wayne State and University of D (that’s Detroit people), before moving on to be a part of one of, if not the most famous studio band to ever back up a band. Before his outstanding FB gig, Griffith signed to the Motown’s Jazz Workshop label. He released Detroit Jazz and The Right Side of Lefty Edwards, before his studio adventures began with Motown’s Pop, R&B and Soul acts. So, not only did he play with notables such as Lou Rawls and Dinah Washington as a Jazz musician he would go on to play behind some the most popular music of our time as a member of the Funk Brothers, a Motown studio staple. The list of tunes Griffith played on is immense. Here are a few you may or may not know (and I hope you DO know them): “Stop In the Name of Love”, “Mercy, Mercy, Me”, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, “Ain’t To Proud To Beg”, and “Shotgun”, to name a few. He was involved in many other tunes that were non Motown as well. Songs such as “Cool Jerk” by the Capitols, “Soulful Strut” by Young Holt Unlimited, and The Artistics “I’m Really Gonna Miss You”, and “Agent Double-O Soul” by Edwin Starr among others. Griffith continued to make music and play live well into the 90’s. Let’s not forget his funky side “Grand Central Shuffle”, also out on RCA. Pick that up if you can. When the story behind the Funk Brothers was released to DVD, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Griffiths went out to promote it. While on that promotional tour, he died suddenly in 2002.

Johnny Griffith’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” is superb. His organ work really stands out on this slow burner. With just the chorus echoing in, and Griffith and company doing all the rest, it sounds good. His Jazz influence really stands out on this side, and like I said earlier, it’s the organ that gets me. This Funk Brother knew how to do it and do it well. I will see you midweek with another winner. I hope your start to the week got off to a good one with this cover. Keep Diggin’!

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