I have actually known about this for a while but literally kept forgetting to print it. (hitting myself in the head). Gene died May 25 of what some describe as early-onset Alzheimer’s..
Legendary music executive Gene Griffin, perhaps best known for his involvement in G.R. Productions (Gene-Riley Productions) which included music by Guy, Wrecks N Effect, Keith Sweat, Bobby Brown, Boy George, Heavy D and more throughout the late 1980s, passed away early Sunday morning in Atlanta, GA. Griffin was battling Alzheimer’s Disease.
For those who may not be aware, Georgia born Gene Griffin’s first major success in music on his Sounds of New York label was the late-era disco track, “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life,” by InDeep. After that success, Gene then turned his attention to Kids At Work, the group that featured Teddy Riley which would later morph into Guy (it featured future one-time Guy member Timmy Gatlin and Clurel Henderson).
It has been said that Griffin played a major role in Teddy Riley’s early success, instilling the discipline and financial support needed to cultivate Teddy’s undeniable musical genius. NJS4Ever.com will report more details concerning this sad news as it unfolds. Gene suffered a horrendous reputation for the latter part of his career and literally disappeared for almost 2 decades. Gene was 65 when he died.