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Featured Artist:
Fred Bajie Griffeth

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The Jaguars, circa 1958 (Fred is on the far right)

The Family Jewels, 2007
(photo by Jean Hangarte)

Rockin' Strong
You're So Fine

First and foremost, Fred is an entertainer who loves to sing. Fred sings with the doo-wop group The Family Jewels; also with two commercial dance bands, Blue Heaven and Elated, and in Arlington's community choir, The Mystic Chorale. Fred uses his velvety bass baritone voice in many other ways. He records books on tape. He does voiceover work for radio spots, TV ads, museum exhibits, and corporate videos. He has recorded character voices for children's educational CDs. He also loves to interact with children through reading, storytelling, and singing.

You can hear Fred's lead vocals on two CDs by The Family Jewels, Saturday Night and Rockin' Strong on the High'n'Dry label. There is also a very obscure '60s album, Bagatelle Live Saturday Night on ABC Paramount Records.

Fred's background vocals grace countless music projects, including those of notables Peter Wolf and Patty Larkin. Fred's on-camera credits include a skit for Sesame Street that was broadcast for several years, a bit part in a movie with Richie Havens, and corporate videos.

When he is not singing or recording, Fred is likely to be reading books on African American history, swing dancing, cooking, gardening, writing, (he just finished a children's story about a squirrel who wants to be a pampered house pet), traveling, painting, playing pool, shuffle board, or riding his 40 lb. 1963 Schwinn Varsity bicycle from Somerville to Portsmouth, New Hampshire (no kidding).

22 July 2008: Pajama Bedtime Story Hour
7:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Somerville Public Library
79 Highland Ave., Somerville

26 July 2008: The Family Jewels
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Plough & Stars
912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge


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