Young, handsome, sometimes controversial but very real, best describes this R&B artist and songwriter. His swag pays homage to the fact that the late Dick Griffey CEO of Solar Records had a big hand in the founding of Death Row Records and gritty urban music scene.
The Whispers signed to Soul Train Records in 1975 and stayed with CEO Dick Griffey when the label became Solar Records. They gained fame for their hits 'And The Beat Goes On' 'Its A Love Thing' 'Rock Steady' and many more. The line up consisted of Wallace Scott and Walter Scott Gordy Harmon, Marcus Hutson and Nicholas Caldwell. In 1973 Gordy Harmon was replaced by Leaveil Degree. Marcus Hutson left the group in 1992. Nicholas Caldwell sadly passed in 2016. The group continues to tour as a trio.
Shalamar was created by Dick Griffey in 1977. They found fame with 'Uptown Festival and 'Take That To The Bank'. The hits continued with 'A Night To Remember' 'There It Is' 'I Can Make You Feel Good' 'Friends' and many more. The line up has included Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel, Jody Watley, Gary Mumford, Gerald Brown, Micki Free, Delisa Davis and Sydney Justin. The line up since 2001 has been Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel and Carolyn Griffey.
Dynasty was signed to Solar by Dick Griffey in 1979 and have recently started recording new material on Solar Records. The group was created by Dick Griffey and Leon Sylvers. The original line up consisted of Leon Sylvers III, Nidra Beard, Linda Carriere, Kevin Spencer, William Shelby, Richard Randolph and Wardell Potts. They are best known for their hits 'Groove Control' "I Don't Want to Be a Freak, 'Do Me Right',
'I've Just Begun to Love You'
Dick Griffey signed Midnight Star to Solar Records in 1978. The original line up consisted of Reggie Calloway, Belinda Lipscomb, Melvin Gentry, Kenneth Gant, Bill Simmons, Bo Watson and Jeff Cooper.. They later added Vincent Calloway (Reginald's younger brother). The group had huge hits with 'Curious' 'Midas Touch' 'Headlines' and many more.
The Deele was a platform that launched music industry moguls LA Reid and Babyface. Dick Griffey signed the group to Solar in 1983 with a line up that consisted of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Carlos "Satin" Greene, Darnell "Dee" Bristol, Stanley "Stick" Burke, and Kevin "Kayo" Roberson. Their hits include 'Two Occasions' and 'Body Talk'.
Klymaxx were signed to Solar from 1981 to 1986 and best known for their hits 'Meeting in the Ladies Room' 'Man Size Love' and 'I Miss You'. The line up included Bernadette Cooper, Lorena Porter Shelby, Cheryl Cooley, Robbin Grider, Lynn Malsby and Joyce "Fenderella" Irby.
Lakeside first met Dick Griffey when Soul Train Records became Solar Records Dick Griffey signed Lakeside to the label. They had major success with the R&B Chart hit 'Fantastic Voyage' 'Shot of Love' and other funk classics. The classic line up consisted of Mark Adam Wood Jr, Tiemeyer McCain, Thomas Shelby, Stephen Shockley, Norman Beavers, Marvin Craig, Fred Lewis, Otis Stokes, Fred Alexander