Kirby Griffin (Ken's Nephew)
Updated 23. 06. 05
As mentioned, I had the pleasure of exchanging news and views with Kirby back in the middle to late 60's but lost contact when moving down to England with my work. If anyone knows of his whereabouts and that of his father (Ken's brother) Kirby, I would be pleased to hear from you. Kirby also produced an LP "That Griffin Sound" which is a very respectful dedication to Ken. While using the correct organ sounds he plays in his own style rather than copy Ken completely.
Update, April 2001: Thanks to Kirby's son, Kerry finding these web pages I am now pleased to report that through the magic of the Internet, I have enjoyed sharing communications with Kirby after that 35 year gap. It was very heart warming to learn that the family still have occasional gatherings around the organ and often conclude by singing "You Can't Be True, Dear". It was sad to learn that his father, Ken's brother, Kirby died way back in 1966.
My thanks those of you who e-mailed and tried to help in this matter.
.With thanks to Don Boudreaux for the cover scan.
You will have read in the report on the Dedication Evening, Kirby gave an excellent singing performance of You Can't Be True, Dear. Kirby explained to us that he sang in a local group. Quite by accident I came across the web pages for the Lakewood Centre in Oregon and had a pleasant surprise finding details of Kirby, and others, starring in a stage version of Roger's & Hammerstein's "Carousel". His part was of Enoch Snow, which calls for a very strong singing roll and it is interesting to read that Kirby gained considerable acclaim for his role and also other prizes for both his singing and acting rolls, in other musical plays.
The Musical production of "The Most Happy Fella" had it's final curtain call on the 16th of June after a very successful run of full houses. Our congratlations to Kirby, the cast and producers.
There is a very nice write-up and photo of Kirby at the qweb address below............
If you are in the area why not go along and enjoy the show. Wish I could. But I am sure you will join me in wishing Kirby and the rest of the artists a very successful season with the show.Kirby's son. Kerry plays the violin with a couple of groups and is at present is appearing, twice weekly, at the "Owen's Place" in Portland, Oregon. Again if you live or are in that area please do drop in and say hello and give them every encouragement. They play mostly Blue Grass music.