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Bessie Griffin

Bessie Griffin (July 6, 1922 – April 10, 1989) was an African-American gospel singer.

Born Arlette B. Broil in New Orleans, Louisiana, she was steeped in church music as a child. She sang for a while with the Southern Harps, had her own radio show in New Orleans, and later appeared in night clubs, on Broadway and in 1962 on both The Ed Sullivan Show and The Dinah Shore Show.

Griffin performed briefly with "Queen of Gospel" Albertina Walker and The Caravans in 1953-1954 but spent most of her career as a solo artist. While often compared to Mahalia Jackson, Griffin had a lighter contralto that allowed her to achieve more vocal pyrotechnics — holding a note for long periods of time, continuing a song for as long as twenty minutes and ranging through three octaves.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 6th, 1922 (New Orleans), Died April 10th, 1989

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1967 - 1968

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 14602 8/4/1967 It takes a lot of love Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14603 8/4/1967 How could I doubt that there's a God Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14604 8/4/1967 I know it's real Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14605 8/4/1967 The day has passed and gone Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14606 8/4/1967 Thy will be done Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14607 8/4/1967 The old rugged cross Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14608 8/7/1967 The needed time Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14609 8/7/1967 Cabin in the corner Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14610 8/7/1967 Born free Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14611 8/7/1967 Be still and wait-1 Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14612 8/7/1967 Thank Him for what He's already done Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14631 8/30/1967 It takes a lot of love Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14632 8/30/1967 The needed time Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14991 8/22/1968 How firm a foundation Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14992 8/22/1968 He'll make it plain Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14993 8/22/1968 Child of the King Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14994 8/22/1968 God's TV Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 14995 8/22/1968 Steal away Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 15004 8/28/1968 Nearer Lord Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 15005 8/28/1968 Won't it be glory Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 15006 8/28/1968 Will the circle be unbroken Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 15007 8/28/1968 I'm somebody Bessie Griffin vocalist  
Decca L 15008 8/28/1968 Too close Bessie Griffin vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Griffin, Bessie," accessed December 5, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/318957.

Griffin, Bessie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/318957.

"Griffin, Bessie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 5 December 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/318957

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