The Canadian Country Music world has been saddened by the sudden passing of Hall of Fame country singer/songwriter RAY GRIFF. He died, March 9, 2016 in hospital from aspiration pneumonia following minor rotator cuff surgery. In recent years he had battled throat cancer. Ray and his wife Trudy, had recently made their home in Parksville, British Columbia after many years residence in Calgary. Ray Griff was 75 at the time of his passing. Ray Griff was born April 22, 1940 in Vancouver, B.C, and was raised in Winfield, Alberta. He moved to Nashville as a teenager to pursue a career as a recording artist, but initially found more success with his compositions being recorded by others. Griff did establish himself as a recording artist, charting some 24 songs on the Billboard Country Hit Charts. During his career he has released 30 albums on the GRT, Dot, Royal American, ABC Dot, Capitol, Morning, Boot, Warner, ATI, and Bookshop labels in addition to a number of late career CD's released on his own Focus Records label.
Ray Griff is Canada's most prolific songwriter with over 2500 songs to his credit, some 700 of them recorded by many of Nashville's top recording stars, including major hits by Johnny Duncan, Faron Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Gene Watson, Mel Tillis, etc. His songs have earned 7 BMI Citations as some 47 ASCAP awards.
Ray Griff has enjoyed success both in the USA and in Canada. His patriotic songs "Canada" and "Maple Leaf" have become perennial items on radio playlists for Canada Day (July 1st) programming. Ray Griff also hosted two TV series produced in Canada, "Goodtime Country" and "Uptown Country". He recently hosted the syndicated radio show "Raymond's Place".
In addition to his own recordings, Ray Griff has produced numerous albums and singles for Canadian country artists, many of which have included his compositions.
Ray Griff is among the few Canadian artists to be honoured with a "star" in Nashville's "Walkway Of Stars". He was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1998.