Pianist Griff Williams led a society dance
band from the 1930s to the 1950s. Born in
Oregon, he fronted his own college band at
Stanford University before joining Anson
Weeks in 1932. The following year he left
Weeks to form his own dance orchestra. The
new band debuted at the Edgewater Beach
Hotel in San Francisco in late 1933. The
vocalist was Cora Lee Scott.

Williams moved the orchestra to Chicago in
the early 1940s, where it remained
throughout the war years. The group
recorded for the Okeh and Varsity labels.
Other vocalists included Buddy Moreno, Bob
Kirk, Lois Lee, Walter King, and the Williams

After the war Williams continued to work in
both Chicago and San Francisco before
disbanding in 1953. He occasionally
organized groups throughout the 1950s and
appeared on his own local Chicago television
program until his death from a heart attack in
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