Dick Griffey

Real Name:
Richard Gilbert Griffey
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Born November 16, 1938, Nashville, Tennessee
Died September 24, 2010

Initially a co-owner of a black nightclub in Los Angeles, Griffey moved into music producing and started Soul Train Recording Co. in a collaborative effort with Don Cornelius. In 1977, Griffey took sole control of their fledgling record company and renamed it Solar with groups as Shalamar, Klymaxx, Lakeside, Midnight Star, Carrie Lucas, Collage (3), Deele, The Dynasty, Sylvers and The Whispers. The label also introduced to the world Babyface, L.A. Reid, Jody Watley and Howard Hewett, among others. According to an article at Highbeam.com, Griffey entered the entertainment business in the mid-sixties when he discovered the key to business operation: “I started thinking how entertainers come and go, but business people are always here.”

He used his talents first as the booking agent for a highly successful nightclub, which he co-owned with former schoolmate and ex-New York Knicks player/coach Dick Barnett, but he quickly branched out into concert promotions under the company name Dick Griffey Productions. Not content with these achievements, Griffey became talent coordinator for the nationally syndicated television dance program Soul Train. “Concerts were becoming routine to me,” he explains. “When you promote a concert you basically do the same thing every time. I was looking for new challenges.” The Soul Train venture was so successful that in 1975 Griffey and the show’s producer, Don Cornelius, went on to form Soul Train Records. Starting with one small act, Griffey carefully nurtured the label and, after an amicable separation from Cornelius, reorganized the company and founded the SOLAR label in 1977. Griffey and Cornelius remained good friends, and as a result, SOLAR maintained close ties to the Soul Train show. In 1975, when Soul Train Records was founded, Griffey formed a collective called Shalamar, who became one of the label’s best selling acts after Cornelius' help of introducing Soul Train dancers Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel and Gerald Brown (who was eventually replaced by Howard Hewett) who were recruited to form the new Shalamar. SOLAR’s signature act above all was The Whispers, whose distinct harmonies and carefully-detailed musical and vocal arrangements defined and emphasized the “SOLAR sound”.

By 2000, Dick Griffey Productions had expanded to include publishing companies and talent agencies.
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Vocals

LPCS - 1679 Dick Griffey - Simply Carrie album art Carrie Lucas Carrie Lucas - Simply Carrie (Album) Soul Train LPCS - 1679 Venezuela 1977 Sell This Version
FL 12773 Dick Griffey - Street Corner Symphony album art Carrie Lucas Carrie Lucas - Street Corner Symphony (Album) Solar FL 12773 UK 1978 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

WND 11291 Dick Griffey - We're On The Right Track / I'd Rather Switch Than Fight album art South Shore Commission I'd Rather Switch Than Fight South Shore Commission - We're On The Right Track / I'd Rather Switch Than Fight (Single) Wand WND 11291 US 1975 Sell This Version
BVL1-1287 Dick Griffey - Don Cornelius Presents The Soul Train Gang (Soul Train ’75) album art Don Cornelius Presents The Soul Train Gang* Soul Train and 3 more… Don Cornelius Presents The Soul Train Gang* - Don Cornelius Presents The Soul Train Gang (Soul Train ’75) (Album) Soul Train BVL1-1287 Spain 1975 Sell This Version
SB-10400 Dick Griffey - Soul Train "75" album art Soul Train Gang (2) Soul Train Gang (2) - Soul Train "75" (Single) Soul Train Recording Co., RCA SB-10400 US 1975 Sell This Version
SB-10 400, 26.11382 Dick Griffey - Soul Train '76 album art Don Cornelius Presents Soul Train Gang (2) Don Cornelius Presents Soul Train Gang (2) - Soul Train '76(7", Single) RCA Victor, RCA Victor SB-10 400, 26.11382 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
RVP-6144 Dick Griffey - The Soul Train Gang album art The Soul Train Gang* Soul Train Theme (Scat Version) (as Griffey) and 1 more… The Soul Train Gang* - The Soul Train Gang (Album) Soul Train RVP-6144 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
R-8154 Dick Griffey - Sweat & Steel album art Carl McKnight Theme From Soul Train (as D. Griffey) Carl McKnight - Sweat & Steel(LP) Ranwood R-8154 US 1976 Sell This Version
BVL1-2105 Dick Griffey - Sunbear album art Sunbear Sunbear - Sunbear(LP, Album) Soul Train BVL1-2105 US 1977 Sell This Version
LPCS - 1679 Dick Griffey - Simply Carrie album art Carrie Lucas What's The Question and 1 more… Carrie Lucas - Simply Carrie (Album) Soul Train LPCS - 1679 Venezuela 1977 Sell This Version
FC 0947 Dick Griffey - I Gotta Keep Dancin' album art Carrie Lucas What's The Question Carrie Lucas - I Gotta Keep Dancin' (Single) Soul Train FC 0947 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
FL 12773 Dick Griffey - Street Corner Symphony album art Carrie Lucas Street Corner Symphony (as D. Griffey) Carrie Lucas - Street Corner Symphony (Album) Solar FL 12773 UK 1978 Sell This Version
FB 9287, BXL1 2774 Dick Griffey - (Let's Go) All The Way  album art The Whispers Headlights (as Griffey) The Whispers - (Let's Go) All The Way (7", Promo) RCA, RCA FB 9287, BXL1 2774 UK 1978 Sell This Version
YB-11449 Dick Griffey - Happy Holidays To You / Try And Make It Better album art The Whispers Try And Make It Better (as D. Griffey) The Whispers - Happy Holidays To You / Try And Make It Better(7") Solar YB-11449 US 1978 Sell This Version
avs-4665 Dick Griffey - Disco Gardens album art Shalamar Shalamar - Disco Gardens (Album) Solar avs-4665 Argentina 1978 Sell This Version
YB-11353 Dick Griffey - (Olivia) Lost And Turned Out album art The Whispers Try And Make It Better (as D. Griffey) The Whispers - (Olivia) Lost And Turned Out(7") Solar YB-11353 US 1978 Sell This Version
SB-10628 Dick Griffey - (You're A) Special Part Of My Life / Grove Street album art The Whispers (You're A) Special Part Of My Life (Stereo) The Whispers - (You're A) Special Part Of My Life / Grove Street (Single) Soul Train SB-10628 US 1978 Sell This Version
FB-1310 Dick Griffey - Street Corner Symphony album art Carrie Lucas Street Corner Symphony (Pt. I) and 1 more… Carrie Lucas - Street Corner Symphony (Single) Solar FB-1310 Spain 1978 Sell This Version
BXL1-4009 Dick Griffey - Shot Of Love album art Lakeside Lakeside - Shot Of Love (Album) Solar BXL1-4009 US 1978 Sell This Version
LPVS-1770 Dick Griffey - Headlights album art The Whispers Try And Make It Better (as D. Griffey) and 2 more… The Whispers - Headlights (Album) Solar LPVS-1770 Venezuela 1978 Sell This Version
FC 1379, BXL1 2895 Dick Griffey - Take That To The Bank album art Shalamar Shalamar - Take That To The Bank (Single) Solar FC 1379, BXL1 2895 UK 1978 Sell This Version
JD-11354 Dick Griffey - Tossing, Turning And Swinging / Take That To The Bank album art Shalamar Shalamar - Tossing, Turning And Swinging / Take That To The Bank(12", Promo) Solar JD-11354 US 1978 Sell This Version
FC 1382 Dick Griffey - It's All The Way Live album art Lakeside Lakeside - It's All The Way Live (Single) Solar FC 1382 UK 1978 Sell This Version
GB-11981 Dick Griffey - It's All The Way Live / Given In To Love album art Lakeside Lakeside - It's All The Way Live / Given In To Love(7", Single) Solar GB-11981 US 1978 Sell This Version
42-928 Dick Griffey - Can't Do Without Love album art The Whispers Headlights (as Griffey) and 1 more… The Whispers - Can't Do Without Love (Single) RCA Victor 42-928 South Africa 1979 Sell This Version