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Happy birthday to the singer and songwriter Billy Griffin. He is best known for replacing Smokey Robinson as lead singer of the group The Miracles. Just like Robinson before him, Griffin co-wrote many of The Miracles songs, along with being the group's lead singer. Griffin and Pete Moore wrote all the songs on the 1975 album - platinum album - "City of Angels". During their stay in the group, they achieved three hits: "Do It Baby", 13th position on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1973, The Miracles' most successful single, "Love Machine", which topped the charts in 1975. Griffin was also in "Don't Cha Love It", another in 1st position. The Miracles group left Motown in 1976, signing with Columbia Records. After two albums by Columbia, Griffin and Moore decided to stop performing to focus solely on composition. In 1982, Griffin released his first solo album, Be With Me, which yielded a song on the UK's Top 20 charts, "Hold Me Tighter in the Rain." The following year, Respect brought success, "Serious". After a third album with Leon Ware, Griffin signed to Atlantic Records, but despite making an album, only one single, "Believe It or Not", was released before he was left without a record deal. He has become a talented songwriter and backing vocalist for other artists, but despite recording a large number of his own songs, his album Technicolor (with the eponymous single being a tribute to Marvin Gaye) has never been released before. from the end of his record label in 1992. Many of his recordings for Motown, however, were released in the 1996 compilation "Best Of Billy Griffin". He composed songs and backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, The O'Jays, Ronald Isley, Freda Payne, Edwin Starr, Evelyn Champagne King, Herb Alpert, Martine McCutcheon, The Emotions and many others. In 2006, Griffin released his latest album, Like Water. Billy Griffin, along with the other members of The Miracles, attended the star's ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 20, 2009.
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