Singer/songwriter JIMMY GRIFFIN has died at his home in Tennessee, aged 61. The BREAD star had been battling cancer for the past year.

Griffin was born in Cincinnati in 1943 and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee.

He started out as a solo star and released hit debut album SUMMER HOLIDAY in 1963.

His initial fame turned Hollywood heads and he gained acclaim for small roles in movies like NONE BUT THE BRAVE.

Griffin's fame grew when he joined Bread in 1969 and co-wrote hits like JUST LIKE YESTERDAY and LIVE IN YOUR LOVE.

Following Bread's split in 1977, Griffin returned to solo recording and songwriting and briefly teamed up with THE HOLLIES' TED SYLVESTER to record as GRIFFIN + SYLVESTER.

He reunited with Bread for a 1997 world tour.

14/01/2005 02:58