Sunday, October 03, 2010

Dick Griffey

Dick Griffey, who died this week, was one of the unsung heroes of 70's/80's R&B. He founded Solar Records, and cultivated a roster that included Shalamar, Whispers, Lakeside, Midnight Star and the Deele, which gave birth to Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.

With the label in Los Angeles, Solar's R&B had a bright sound that stood out from what was being played on R&B stations at the time.

I've always wondered why there was no Solar compilation. There was one released in the UK, but Griffey's Solar sound deserved much more respect from our reissue labels.

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