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David Griffiths

David Griffiths

David Griffiths (right, with Dennis Wilson on left) began his journalistic career as cub reporter on the Hendon & Finchley Times, then joined TV Times on its launch in 1955. As a freelance during the '60s, he worked at the BBC as a writer at Radio Times and broadcaster for the Light Programme and then Radio One. He was also news editor and feature writer at Record Mirror. During the '70s he edited several specialist publications including the health monthly Prevention and the glam monthly Fiesta.

List of articles in the library by artist

Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Long John Baldry, Sleepy John Estes, Sonny Boy Williamson: The American Folk-Blues Festival: All About The Croaker!

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1964

Long John Baldry talks to RM's David Griffiths about the Folk-Blues Festival ...

John Lee Hooker, Long John Baldry: Long John meets John Lee Hooker

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1964

THEY COULD hardly have been a bigger contrast in background and appearance: the young, very tall, bright white Englishman Long John Baldry, and the mature, ...

The Beach Boys, The Beatles: Records of the Year: The Beatles, The Beach Boys

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1968

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band THIS ONE has historical value as a milestone in pop music, and in the art of recording, so ...

The Beach Boys, Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson: Dennis Wilson: 'I Live With 17 Girls'

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1968

SAID DENNIS WILSON, a bemused frown on his face: "I don't know why I'm telling you all this..." Well, whatever Dennis's reasons (if any), the ...

The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) (Apple PCS 7067 & 8)

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1969

LAST YEAR'S obvious standout LP was Sergeant Pepper and now we have its unbelievable, impossible, out-of-sight successor. It's no feat of critical perception to pick ...

The Beatles: Backstage at the London Palladium

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1963

The Man Who Guides The Stars Behind The Scenes ...

The Beatles, Dave Berry: The Hamburg Scene: An NRM Special Report

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1963

WHERE, WOULD you reckon, is the greatest training ground for British beat singers and groups? ...

Tony Bennett: 'Paul McCartney Has a Spirit That Moves Me'

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1968

THOUGH THE MUSICAL approach of Tony Bennett – and the bands he works with, such as Buddy Rich – is not usually treated with adulation ...

Bonzo Dog Band: The Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse (Liberty)

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1969

ONLY JUST received this one, so can't claim much familiarity, but I like it well enough already to want to include it anyway. ...

Joe Brown: Joe Gets Boot!

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, August 1963

JOE BROWN has really put his foot in it this time. ...

James Brown Live

Film/DVD/TV Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1966

James Brown arrives In England next week for a couple of concerts and to perform, with his entire troupe, throughout the March 11 Ready Steady ...

Burt Bacharach: 'Money Means Nothing To Me' says Bacharach

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1965

ISN'T IT weird how people who make a living out of a particular talent often have personalities quite different from that you might expect? A ...

The Byrds: 'That Criticism Is Fair!'

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, August 1965

...say the Byrds to David Griffiths ...

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band: Strictly Personal (Liberty)

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1969

APTLY TITLED. The unique Beefheart outfit have thoroughly fulfilled the promise of their first album. ...

Nat King Cole: Great Jazzman To Great Businessman

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, July 1963

SOFT LIGHTS, a smoke-hazed atmosphere, gentleness, smooth (and, if you're a susceptible girl, spine-tingling) singing. ...

Cream: Goodbye... (Polydor)

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1969

'I'm So Glad'; 'Politician'; 'Sitting On Top Of The World'; 'Badge'; 'Doing That Scrapyard Thing'; 'What A Bringdown' – Polydor Stereo 583 053. ...

Cream, Yes: Goodbye To The Cream

Live Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1968

THE CREAM delivered all that was expected of them, and a little more, at their final, farewell-type Albert Hall concert last week. Of course, the ...

Billy Fury Off The Cuff

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1964

BILLY FURY – who's likely to be footsore and weary by the time you read this – was a worried man a few days ago. ...

Bobbie Gentry: 'I'll Never Tire Of Billy Joe'

Profile and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1968

STANDING around, waiting to meet Bobbie Gentry, I glanced through the two press handouts about her. ...

Frank Ifield: Right Song!

Profile and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, August 1963

Frank Ifield had all the Star Qualities – Good Looks, Good Voice, Charm, etc., but it took him three years to hit the top, because ...

Quincy Jones: One Of The Greatest!

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1963

SITTING IN a deserted recording studio at Philips, listening to the playback of a just-completed session by the Johnny Dankworth Orchestra, Quincy Jones – trumpeter, ...

Kathy Kirby: Kathy And The Problems Of Being A Girl Singer

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1967

KATHY KIRBY loves her work but it happens to be one of the commercial facts of life that a highly paid entertainer sometimes gets in ...

Trini Lopez: Pop-Folk Is Here To Stay — Like It Or Not

Profile by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1963

SOME SAY IT'S TOO COMMERCIAL, IMPURE, PHONEY, ETC., BUT WHATEVER THEY SAY ABOUT IT... ...

Manfred Mann: More of the Manfred Men

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, May 1964

ONLY 18 months ago. Mike Vickers and Manfred Mann were eking out meagre existences as scuffling would-be jazz musicians. Both were fervent modern jazz enthusiasts. ...

Barry McGuire Talks About Protest And His War On Evil

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1965

WE WERE talking about protest and folk music. I suggested to Barry McGuire that so many of them are fundamentally silly because they either protest ...

Roger Miller: In The Red For Eight Of His Ten Singing Years

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1967

ROGER MILLER – both on and off record – has a quiet, relaxed, uncomplicated approach to his music and to life. Yet he's had 10 ...

The Moody Blues: In Search Of The Lost Chord (Deram)

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1969

THERE ARE some sumptuous sounds on this LP, all of them made by just the five Moodies. No session musicians, simply (?!) the group's instrumental ...

Jack Nitzsche, The Righteous Brothers: Jack Nitzsche: Disc Producer To Film Gerry...

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1964

HAVE YOU heard about Electronovision? If not, you soon will. For American composer-arranger Jack Nitzsche is in London this week lining up appearances in the ...

Esther and Abi Ofarim: The Dance That Lasted A Hundred Years...

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1968

RM's MULTI-LINGUAL DAVID GRIFFITHS TALKS TO ESTHER AND ABI OFARIM ABOUT THEIR NEW SINGLE ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham: Secrets Of The Stones' Man

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, August 1964

The Stones are no longer a challenge... they need no pushing... the Andrew Oldham Orchestra doesn't exist ...

Roy Orbison Off The Cuff

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, May 1964

SLOW TALKING, deep thinking Roy Orbison – our first American to be featured in Off The Cuff – made an ideal interviewee. Following is a ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Paul Simon: 'I Thought I Was a Has-Been at 19'

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1966

PAUL SIMON is the composer of 21 songs, most of which have been put to work for him very profitably. ...

The Pretty Things: Why The Things Like Their Hair...

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, July 1965

PRETTY THING Dick Taylor was gazing out of the window of his flat in Kensington, London, recently when a group of girls happened to look ...

Cliff Richard: How Cliff Rose To Fame

Profile by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, September 1963

David Griffiths spotlights the early days of Cliff's career... ...

Cliff Richard, The Shadows: Cliff Richard & The Shadows: Cliff's New Film and Hank's New Guitar!

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1963

IT WAS BUSY-ness as usual for birthday boy Cliff Richard this week. On Sunday night he cut his next record (out in about three weeks) ...

Johnny Rivers Tries His Rhythm Here

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, February 1965

AFTER EIGHT years in and out of show business, Johnny Rivers has finally struck gold – In USA. During the last year he's been packing ...

Max Romeo: This Is The Record That Will Give The BBC Troubles — If It Reaches The Top...

Report by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1969

HOVERING AROUND the lower end of the charts is a record that has had no plugs, and certainly no air plays – nor is it ...

Bobby Rydell: Twenty Years Plus Bobby

Profile and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1963

A SIGNIFICANT thing happened to Bobby Rydell when he was five years old. His father took him to see a stage show. And another stage ...

The Searchers: Strings and Searchers!

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1964

THERE THEY were — four Searchers in a Pye recording studio. Said Chris Curtis: "We're doing a new album, an elaborate one using strings." ...

Harry Secombe: Hearty Harry Talks Of His First Big Hit...

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1967

POOR OLD Harry Secombe! ...

The Shangri-Las: Shangris' Sensational Seagull Sounds

Profile and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1964

THE LATEST gimmick in pop discs: sound effects! ...

Helen Shapiro: Will Helen Make Her Comeback in 1964?

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1963

From child prodigy to star of stage, screen etc. That's the career of young Helen Shapiro. She has a talent way ahead of her years. ...

Screaming Lord Sutch: Two Sides Of Sutch

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1963

ROCK SINGING, horror, comedy – and now politics. Such are the interests, professional and personal, of Screamin' Lord Sutch. ...

The Swinging Blue Jeans: The Blue Jeans Ordeal

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, May 1964

The Swinging Blue Jeans talk to R.M's David Griffiths about the R&B fanatics who spoilt their act ...

The Rockin' Berries: The 'Accidental' Sound

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1965

The Rockin' Berries explain how they found their sound to David Griffiths ...

Tiny Tim Explodes

Report by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, June 1968

the dear sweet ageless hippy... ...

Unit 4+2: Unit With The Crazy Nicknames

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1965

UNIT FOUR Plus 2. A bit cumbersome as a title? Ah, but remember the man who pioneered ball point pens in America just after World ...

Bert Weedon: I'm All For Contrast Says Bert Weedon

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1964

IN ANY OUT-and-out pop disc show during the last year, about 10 out of a dozen records would be full of twang and beat, says ...

List of genre pieces

It's the NEW Juke Box Jury!

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, May 1964

WHAT'S behind the New Look Juke Box Jury? ...

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