DATE OF BIRTH: April 18, 1941
PLACE OF BIRTH: Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • St. Anne's College, Trinidad
  • Brooklyn College, New York, USA
  • STEELBAND: Desperadoes
  • Pianist (with Clarence Curvan Orchestra)
  • Arranger
  • CAREER:                                    Griffith was a pianist with the Clarence Curvan Orchestra when he made his mark in the steelband world after his classic arrangement of Lord Kitchener's "Mama Dis Is Mas" landed Desperadoes second place in the 1964 Panorama competition. Desperadoes returned in 1966 to take the Panorama title with his arrangement of Mighty Sparrow's "Melda." After migrating to New York, USA, in the late-1960s, Griffith returned to Trinidad in 1985, at the request of Desperadoes' leader Rudolph Charles, to team up with Robert Greenidge to lead Desperadoes to a joint share of the Panorama title with Renegades. In the USA, Griffith was a social worker in New York and Florida. He worked with ailing seniors, needy children and adults addicted to drugs and alcohol. The following is a summary of Griffith's record in the Panorama competition:
    • 1963 - "The Road" (Lord Kitchener), 3rd
    • 1964 - "Mama Dis Is Mas" (Lord Kitchener), 2nd
    • 1966 - "Obeah Wedding" (Mighty Sparrow), 1st
    • 1967 - "Governor's Ball" (Mighty Sparrow), 2nd
    • 1985 - "Pan Night and Day" (Lord Kitchener) with Robert Greenidge, 1st (Tied)
    DIED: April 19, 2022, in Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA, after a long battle with several illnesses
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit