Diary of a Musician

Paul Griggs

South East
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13th September 2018

I talk about my life as a Musician based on diaries that I kept from the age of fifteen. I started off taking up the guitar having been inspired by Lonnie Donegan, forming a Skiffle Group called The Satellites. I talk about becoming a huge Beatles fan and seeing them on stage 10 times. I formed The Cortinas with my brother Nigel eventually turning full time professional in 1967 changing our name to Octopus a year later. We shared a stage with groups like Cream (Eric Clapton) and once played in front of Jimi Hendrix at London's famed "Speakeasy" club.

In 1974 I lied about my age (I was actually 30) to get into Guys n' Dolls who immediately had a number two chart record and went on to world wide success, sharing a stage with Freddy Starr, Bruce Forsyth and a memorable week of concerts with Frank Sinatra.

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About Paul Griggs

Paul Griggs has the distinction of having shared a stage with Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton and The Chuckle Brothers. He has been a professional musician ever since he gave up his job as an income tax inspector and turned full time professional with his band "OCTOPUS". He had been singing since the age of twelve when he made his first public performance with his Skiffle Group, “The Satellites”

"OCTOPUS" became a very well known working band in England and supported many well known groups including "CREAM" and "YES" and had one L.P. and several singles released. The band was run by Paul and his brother Nigel. During their professional lives OCTOPUS had several members who went on to join world famous groups. MICK TAYLOR, ROLLING STONES, JOHN COOK and TIM REEVES both joined MUNGO JERRY and brother Nigel went on to join top New Zealand band SPLIT ENZ.

When OCTOPUS finally disbanded, Paul went on to join vocal group GUYS n' DOLLS and their first single "THERE'S A WHOLE LOT OF LOVING" went straight to number two in the British charts. This was followed by a string of other hits and they went on to success all over the world, performing at many prestigious venues like The London Palladium, The Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena and the world famous Budokan in Tokyo.

In 1978 they had the honour of supporting FRANK SINATRA for a week of concerts at THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL in London, and in the same year they won top prize in THE YAMAHA SONG FESTIVAL in Tokyo.

GUYS n' DOLLS spent their last few years in Holland and during that time Paul had several successful solo records and produced records for Dutch artists.

After GUYS n' DOLLS disbanded in 1985 he took over as head of EVERYDAY MUSIC LTD. in England, concentrating on writing, producing and developing his own solo career. In 1986 he was a finalist in "A SONG FOR EUROPE" with his composition "I'M SORRY" and a year later his song "NO MORE TEARS" was runner up in a song contest that was organised and judged by PAUL McCARTNEY and he received his award from Paul himself at a dinner in London. Paul has released a solo C.D. called "MY SONGS" on which he played and composed everything himself, and made a guest appearance on the BBC 2 quiz NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS. In 2000 his earliest influence, Lonnie Donegan, released a song Paul had specifically written for him.

For the past thirty years he has worked as a solo artist and to date has clocked up over 7300 performances and now gives talks about his experiences in the music business.

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