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
|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|
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.
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