Longtime jazz and blues organist Jimmy McGriff, known for the 1960s recordings of “I’ve Got a Woman” and “All About My Girl,” died Saturday in Philadelphia. He was 72.
McGriff died Saturday of multiple sclerosis, his wife said.
According to his Web site, James Harrel McGriff was born in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. His parents were both pianists, but McGriff started out on bass and saxophone and later played drums, vibes and piano.
He served as a military policeman during the Korean War and spent 2½ years as a Philadelphia policeman, moonlighting as a bass player, according to the site. He was offered a recording contract after a scout heard him play “I Got A Woman” at a small club in Trenton, N.J.
That song on Sue Records became one of McGriff’s greatest hits. He also recorded for Solid State, United Artists, Blue Note, Groove Merchant, Milestone, Headfirst and Telarc.
Funeral services will be held Friday in Philadelphia.