Dick Griffey

American record producer Dick Griffey

Richard Gilbert "Dick" Griffey was an American record producer and promoter who founded SOLAR Records, an acronym for "Sound of Los Angeles Records", which played a major role in developing a funk-oriented blend of disco, R&B and soul music during the 1970s and 1980s. As a concert promoter, Griffey arranged bookings for artists including James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Jon Gibson,http://www. soultracks. com/jon_gibson.
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  • 2010
    Age 71
    Griffey died at the age of 71 on September 24, 2010, at a rehabilitation center in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, where he had been recuperating after undergoing quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery.
  • 2005
    Age 66
    His daughter Carolyn Griffey joined Shalamar in 2005 and performs as a member currently.
  • 1997
    Age 58
    However, in July 1997, Griffey along with one-time N.W.A associate and rapper Tracy "The D.O.C." Curry sued Death Row claiming they were "pushed out" of their share in ownership and profits from the record label by Knight and Dre.
  • 1977
    Age 38
    Griffey formed his own label, SOLAR Records (an acronym for Sound of Los Angeles Records) in 1977.
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  • 1975
    Age 36
    Griffey worked as talent co-ordinator on Soul Train, the musical variety show created by Don Cornelius, and together they established Soul Train Records in 1975.
  • 1938
    Richard Gilbert Griffey was born on November 16, 1938, and grew up in the housing projects of Nashville, Tennessee, where he was a drummer in local clubs in his teens.
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