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Paul Griffin

org, 1937-2000 US, Harlem
Musician / Arranger of R&B/Soul and Jazz
A.k.a. The Mustang (2)

Paul Griffin (August 6, 1937 – June 14, 2000) was an American session musician and pianist who recorded with hundreds of artists from the late 1950s to the 1990s. Born in Harlem, New York, he began as the touring pianist in the backing band for King Curtis and eventually worked with artists such as Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, Don McLean, the Isley Brothers, Van Morrison, the Shirelles, and Dionne Warwick. He may be best known for playing on the critically acclaimed albums Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, and Aja. His distinctive piano accompaniment to Don McLean's "American Pie" is considered by many to be a defining element of that megahit recording. In addition, he worked on several films. He was an arranger for The Warriors (1979) and Four Friends (1981) and performed in On Location:

  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Keyboards
  • Electric piano
  • R&B/Soul
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • World

Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Ragdoll Baby/You Are The RainPaul Griffin2016Single
We've Only Just BegunPaul Griffin1976Single
Paul Griffin Pours On Some Soul SaucePaul Griffin1968Album
Hammond Swing Mit Paul GriffinPaul Griffin1965Album
Paul Griffin Swings With 101 StringsPaul Griffin With 101 Strings1965Album
The Swingin' Sound Of SoulPaul Griffin1965Album
Hammond Swing 2Paul Griffin1965Album
Tennesse Waltz Breakout / Wildwood SwimPaul GriffinSingle
Swings In NashvillePaul GriffinAlbum
Down At Corina's / Old Time ReligionPaul GriffinSingle
Paul Griffin Salutes the Swingin' BandsPaul GriffinAlbum
Down At CorinnasPaul GriffinSingle
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