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Organ King Jimmy McGriff Dead At 72

May 27th, 2008 5:56pm EDT favorite Add to My News
Jimmy McGriffBluesman Jimmy McGriff has died at a nursing home in New Jersey. He was 72. The organist, a former Philadelphia, Pennsylvania police officer, was a student of blues greats Jimmy Smith and Richard "Groove" Holmes.

He hit it big when his arrangement of Ray Charles' "I've Got A Woman" became a hit in the early 1960s. He also enjoyed chart success with the follow-up, "All About My Girl."

McGriff became a respected touring session man and used the cash from his successes to found a club in Newark, New Jersey.

He lived out his life battling multiple sclerosis and reportedly died from heart failure on Saturday.

-McGriff's prolific discography

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)


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