Talk about humble beginnings. In 1968, Brian Griffiths, Brian Gibson and Miles Ramsay formed a company to produce jingles in Vancouver. They didn't consider themselves pioneers. They considered themselves out-of-work musicians.
The fledgling company got off to a flying stop - they were never paid for their first official job. (Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat.) Broke but game, they soldiered on. Within a couple of years, agencies up and down the west coast were taking them seriously and commissioning work for General Paint, Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips, Foremost Dairies, Almaden Wine, People's Bank, Corn Nuts, and Nordstrom. Griffths, Gibson & Ramsay were quickly gaining the reputation of production heavyweights and snappy dressers. By the mid-'70s, advertisers were discovering that GGRP was second to none at music production.
In 1973, GGRP built the legendary Little Mountain Sound. It was as big as Abbey Road, and filled with state-of-the-art equipment. Some would call it visionary, others insane. Little Mountain ultimately became the studio of choice for Metallica, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, AC/DC and a host of other heavy metal bands.
While it was cool to have bragging rights, the groupies took a heavy toll on our hood ornaments. We sold Little Mountain in the late '80s and built new studios just for ourselves. By the mid-80's, Griffiths Gibson & Ramsay Productions was the largest music production house in Canada. Our client roster was a "Who's Who" of advertisers - Ford, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Eastman Kodak, Kraft Foods, Levi's, Hawaiian Airlines, A&W, Texaco and dozens more.
GGRP ushered in the 2000's with a big bang. That was the theory, anyway. Jingles had become a thing of the past, and advertising on the internet was still in its infancy. With the industry heading away from big music sessions, into the digital era, we moved back to our original digs. It was there where Peter Clarke and Gord Lord wrestled control of the company from Griff and Miles in a spirited game of Texas hold'em.
Our motto: "We strive to give our clients what we believe is best for them. In lieu of that, we give them what they want."