Bessie Griffin

Bessie Griffin

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. 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 the Ed Sullivan 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.show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 163g
  • Dict
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136515784
  • 9786136515786