Dick Griffey

Real Name:
Richard Gilbert Griffey
Profile:
American record executive, producer and songwriter.
Founder of the Funk/Soul/Disco labels Soul Train and Solar.
Owner of Dick Griffey Productions and Cornelius-Griffey Entertainment Co..

Born: November 16, 1938 in Nashville, Tennessee
Died: September 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

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”.

UNIDISC, reportedly purchased the SOLAR catalog from EMI in 2009, whom had acquired it from Griffey in 1995...Prior to this, Unidisc was purchasing the catalogs of many classic and defunct dance music labels such as Prelude, Radar, Emergency, Becket, & many others.
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Vocals

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

WND 11291 We're On The Right Track / I'd Rather Switch Than Fight — Dick Griffey 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
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BVL1-1287 Don Cornelius Presents The Soul Train Gang (Soul Train ’75) — Dick Griffey Don Cornelius Presents The Soul Train Gang* Music On My Mind 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
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SB-10400 Soul Train Soul Train Gang (2) Soul Train Gang (2) - Soul Train "75" (Single) Soul Train Recording Co., RCA SB-10400 US 1975 Sell This Version
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SB-10 400, 26.11382 Soul Train '76 — Dick Griffey 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
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RVP-6144 The Soul Train Gang — Dick Griffey The Soul Train Gang* Soul Train Theme (T.V. Version) (as Griffey) and 1 more… The Soul Train Gang* - The Soul Train Gang (Album) Soul Train RVP-6144 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
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R-8154 Sweat & Steel — Dick Griffey Carl McKnight Theme From Soul Train (as D. Griffey) Carl McKnight - Sweat & Steel(LP) Ranwood R-8154 US 1976 Sell This Version
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LPCS - 1679 Simply Carrie — Dick Griffey Carrie Lucas Men Kiss And Tell and 1 more… Carrie Lucas - Simply Carrie (Album) Soul Train LPCS - 1679 Venezuela 1977 Sell This Version
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BVL1-2105 Sunbear — Dick Griffey Sunbear Sunbear - Sunbear (Album) Soul Train BVL1-2105 US 1977 Sell This Version
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FC 0947 I Gotta Keep Dancin' — Dick Griffey Carrie Lucas What's The Question Carrie Lucas - I Gotta Keep Dancin' (Single) Soul Train FC 0947 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
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YB-11449 Happy Holidays To You / Try And Make It Better — Dick Griffey 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
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FL 12773 Street Corner Symphony — Dick Griffey Carrie Lucas Street Corner Symphony (as D. Griffey) Carrie Lucas - Street Corner Symphony (Album) Solar FL 12773 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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BXL1 2895 Disco Gardens — Dick Griffey Shalamar Shalamar - Disco Gardens (Album) Solar BXL1 2895 New Zealand 1978 Sell This Version
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YB-11353 (Olivia) Lost And Turned Out — Dick Griffey The Whispers Try And Make It Better (as D. Griffey) The Whispers - (Olivia) Lost And Turned Out(7", Single) Solar YB-11353 US 1978 Sell This Version
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SB-10628 (You're A) Special Part Of My Life / Grove Street — Dick Griffey 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
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FB-1310 Street Corner Symphony — Dick Griffey Carrie Lucas Street Corner Symphony (Pt. I) and 1 more… Carrie Lucas - Street Corner Symphony (Single) Solar FB-1310 Spain 1978 Sell This Version
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BXL1-4009 Shot Of Love — Dick Griffey Lakeside Lakeside - Shot Of Love (Album) Solar BXL1-4009 US 1978 Sell This Version
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FB 9287, BXL1 2774 Headlights / (Let's Go) All The Way — Dick Griffey The Whispers Headlights (as Griffey) The Whispers - Headlights / (Let's Go) All The Way RCA Victor FB 9287, BXL1 2774 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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LPVS-1770 Headlights — Dick Griffey 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
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FC 1379, BXL1 2895 Take That To The Bank — Dick Griffey Shalamar Shalamar - Take That To The Bank (Single) Solar FC 1379, BXL1 2895 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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JD-11354 Tossing, Turning And Swinging / Take That To The Bank — Dick Griffey Shalamar Shalamar - Tossing, Turning And Swinging / Take That To The Bank(12", Promo) Solar JD-11354 US 1978 Sell This Version
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GB-11981 It's All The Way Live — Dick Griffey Lakeside Lakeside - It's All The Way Live (Single) Solar GB-11981 US 1978 Sell This Version
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42-928 Can't Do Without Love / Headlights — Dick Griffey The Whispers Headlights (as Griffey) and 1 more… The Whispers - Can't Do Without Love / Headlights (Single) RCA Victor 42-928 South Africa 1979 Sell This Version
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SO-11 I Owe You One — Dick Griffey Shalamar The Right Time For Us (as D.Griffey) Shalamar - I Owe You One (Single) Solar SO-11 UK 1979 Sell This Version