The 60 year old passed away following a crash in Denver, Colorado on Thursday (03Sep15).

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he was a child prodigy who joined the Peabody Conservatory of Music at 17.

He joined brother Billy Griffin in the post-Smokey Robinson Miracles in the mid-1970s and later formed dance band Madagascar, who scored a 1981 hit with the song Baby Not Tonight.

He reteamed with his brother for the hit single Hold Me Tighter in the Rain and became Baker's rhythm guitarist as she recorded classic soul album Rapture in the mid-1980s.

According to, he was rehearsing a new funk band in Denver for a Las Vegas show this winter when he died.