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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Artist

Dick Griffey Discography Tracks

Vocals

Carrie Lucas Carrie Lucas - Simply Carrie (Album) Soul Train Venezuela 1977 Sell This Version
Carrie Lucas Carrie Lucas - Street Corner Symphony (Album) Solar UK 1978 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

Don Cornelius Presents The Soul Train Gang* Music On My Mind Don Cornelius Presents The Soul Train Gang* - Don Cornelius Presents The Soul Train Gang (Soul Train ’75) (Album) Soul Train Spain 1975 Sell This Version
Soul Train Gang (2) Soul Train Gang (2) - Soul Train "75" (Single) Soul Train Recording Co., RCA US 1975 Sell This Version
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 US 1975 Sell This Version
SB-10 400, 26.11382 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
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 US 1976 Sell This Version
R-8154 Carl McKnight Theme From Soul Train (as D. Griffey) Carl McKnight - Sweat & Steel(LP) Ranwood R-8154 US 1976 Sell This Version
Carrie Lucas What's The Question Carrie Lucas - I Gotta Keep Dancin' (Single) Soul Train Italy 1976 Sell This Version
Carrie Lucas Men Kiss And Tell and 1 more… Carrie Lucas - Simply Carrie (Album) Soul Train Venezuela 1977 Sell This Version
BVL1-2105 Sunbear Sunbear - Sunbear(LP, Album) Soul Train BVL1-2105 US 1977 Sell This Version
Carrie Lucas Street Corner Symphony (Pt. I) and 1 more… Carrie Lucas - Street Corner Symphony (Single) Solar Spain 1978 Sell This Version
JD-11354 Shalamar Shalamar - Tossing, Turning And Swinging / Take That To The Bank(12", Promo) Solar JD-11354 US 1978 Sell This Version
Carrie Lucas Street Corner Symphony (as D. Griffey) Carrie Lucas - Street Corner Symphony (Album) Solar UK 1978 Sell This Version
YB-11353 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
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 US 1978 Sell This Version
Lakeside Lakeside - It's All The Way Live (Single) Solar UK 1978 Sell This Version
The Whispers Headlights (as D. Griffey) and 2 more… The Whispers - Headlights (Album) Solar Venezuela 1978 Sell This Version
Lakeside Lakeside - Shot Of Love (Album) Solar US 1978 Sell This Version
FB 9287, BXL1 2774 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
Shalamar Shalamar - Take That To The Bank (Single) Solar UK 1978 Sell This Version
Shalamar Shalamar - Disco Gardens (Album) Solar Spain 1978 Sell This Version
Shalamar Leave It All Up To Love Shalamar - The Second Time Around (Single) Solar UK 1979 Sell This Version
Dynasty Dynasty - I Don't Want To Be A Freak (But I Can't Help Myself) (Single) Solar US 1979 Sell This Version
BXL1-3105 The Whispers Love At Its Best The Whispers - Whisper In Your Ear(LP, Album) Solar BXL1-3105 US 1979 Sell This Version

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