Solitaire (5)

Solitaire (5)

Real Name:
James L. Callahan
Solitaire from Baltimore, Maryland was a one-man project with pioneering live-electronics created by James L. Callahan; who performed, wrote and recorded solo synth-pop music between 1983 and 1986. James Callahan (aka Solitaire) was the first “truly computerized” artist in the Baltimore area. As Solitaire, Callahan played keyboards and electronic drum machines as a one-man show. Solitaire was often compared to English solo synth-pop artists of the period such as the UK’s Thomas Dolby and Howard Jones.

In 1985 Solitaire released the 7” single “System Overload” b/w “Nothing Left to Say”. The single enjoyed limited success locally but was later “discovered” by European DJ’s and became a highly sought after record. Unfortunately in late 1986 James’ music career was halted due to ill health after being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.

In 2008 SolitaireMusic.Net released a 12 song digital LP entitled “Solitaire – Best Of: 83-86” on various MP3 download and streaming media sites. However James Callahan’s ill health once again came into issue and SolitaireMusic.Net closed permanently in 2008 shortly after the “Best of 83-86” MP3 was released.


1985: ” System Overload” / “Nothing Left to Say”

2001: Selected Tracks
2004: Retrophaze: Digital Folklore
2007: “Echoes from our past” compilation album - Track B4 Solitaire “After Darkness (1984)”
2008: Best of 83-86


Solitaire (5) Discography


EPOPSOL1 Solitaire (5) Solitaire: Selected Tracks 84-86(CD, RM) E-pop EPOPSOL1 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
BESTOF Solitaire (5) Best Of: 83-86(CD, Ltd) BESTOF US 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MOR-0002 Solitaire (5) System Overload / Nothing Left To Say(7") ERA Records (3) MOR-0002 US 1985 Sell This Version


SOL003 Solitaire (5) Retrophaze: Digital Folklore(CD, Ltd) SolitaireMusic.Net SOL003 US 2004 Sell This Version