Binky Griptite knew he had an aptitude for music at an early age. He could harmonize melodies, had good rhythm, had no desire for a day job, and carried a very strong desire to be remembered after his death. They say art is the easiest route to immortality.
Binky was born and raised in Milwaukee, and lived in Minneapolis for a bit before moving to NY. He took a break from music for a couple of years, but when he was ready to jump back in, he happened to meet Gabe Roth (co-founder of Daptone Records), and did a couple of sessions for a Lee Fields album. They started doing gigs, and the rest is history.
In addition to playing with the Dap-Kings, Binky has played on platinum selling records by Janet Jackson and Amy Winehouse and toured extensively with Amy in 2007. In 2013, Binky produced the first single by the Impressions in over 30 years, the Curtis Mayfield-penned “Rhythm”.
He is the host of The Boogie Down on WFUV 90.7 FM in New York, which airs Saturday nights at EST 8-11pm. Stream at WFUV.org