017 Miki Griff 2008View Certificate 017

Meeting in 1947, they were the perfect husband and wife duo who respected each other. Joint presidents of fellow Hall of Fame member, Tony Best's Lazyacre, they typified easy listening Country.
Barbara, a Scot from Ayrshire, raised on the Isle of Bute adopted the name Miki.
As husband and wife they first worked with Max Bygraves as comedians and singers. Moving their singing to Country, they based their style on the Louvins¹ and the Everly Brothers¹ harmonies. The king of skiffle,

Lonnie Donegan, heard them and invited them to join his roadshow and tv shows. Lonnie got them a contract with the mighty Pye label. Their big hits included Hold Back Tomorrow, Rocking Alone (In The Old Rocking Chair), A Little Bitty Tear and I Wanna Stay Here were during the 50s and 60s.They backed Lonnie on his eponymous album and he played on two of their EPs. They also had a big hit in the 70s with Bob Dylan's Blowing In The Wind.

In 1964 they became the first UK Country act to play the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Theatre and in the 70s they toured with many visiting American Country stars.
Barbara Miki Griffiths died at their Twickenham home in May 1989 and Griff on 24th September 1995. In 2002 Castle Records released a cd of all their recordings.

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