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SOLAR Records

SOLAR Records
Parent company Unidisc Music
Founded 1977
Founder Dick Griffey
Status Defunct
Distributor(s) RCA Records (1977-1981)
Elektra Records (1981-1986)
Capitol Records (1986-1989)
Epic Records (1989-1992)
Genre Soul, funk, disco, post-disco, boogie, R&B
Country of origin United States
Location Los Angeles, California

S.O.L.A.R. Records (acronym for Sound of Los Angeles Records)[1][2][3] was an American record label founded in 1977 by Dick Griffey, reconstituted out of Soul Train Records only two years after it was founded with Soul Train television show host and creator Don Cornelius.[4]

Contents

  • History 1
    • Success 1.1
    • Decline 1.2
    • Distribution 1.3
  • Artists 2
  • In-house producers 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

In 1975,

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External links

  1. ^ Kennedy, Gerrick D. (2010-09-29). "'"Babyface looks back on Solar Records founder Richard Griffey's 'fantastic voyage. latimes.com (Los Angeles Times). Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  2. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (2010-10-04). "Dick Griffey, Founder of Solar Records, Is Dead at 71". nytimes.com (New York Times). Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  3. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon. "Solar Records founder Dick Griffey dies at 71". ew.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  4. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (2010-10-04). "Dick Griffey, Founder of Solar Records, Is Dead at 71". nytimes.com (New York Times). Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  5. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (2010-10-04). "Dick Griffey, Founder of Solar Records, Is Dead at 71". nytimes.com (New York Times). Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  6. ^ Gayle, Stephen (July 1982). Solar Empire Strikes Gold (Magazine ed.). Black Enterprise Magazine. pp. 36, 37, 38. Retrieved 2015-02-01. 
  7. ^ Gayle, Stephen (July 1982). Solar Empire Strikes Gold (Magazine ed.). Black Enterprise Magazine. pp. 36, 37, 38. Retrieved 2015-02-01. 
  8. ^ Gayle, Stephen (July 1982). Solar Empire Strikes Gold (Magazine ed.). Black Enterprise Magazine. pp. 36, 37, 38. Retrieved 2015-02-01. 
  9. ^ Kennedy, Gerrick D. (2010-09-29). "'"Babyface looks back on Solar Records founder Richard Griffey's 'fantastic voyage. latimes.com (Los Angeles Times). Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  10. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (2010-10-04). "Dick Griffey, Founder of Solar Records, Is Dead at 71". nytimes.com (New York Times). Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  11. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon. "Solar Records founder Dick Griffey dies at 71". ew.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  12. ^ Kronemeyer, David. "Dick Griffey RIP – Solar Records". deconstructingpopculture.com. Deconstructing Pop Culture. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  13. ^ Kronemeyer, David. "Dick Griffey RIP – Solar Records". deconstructingpopculture.com. Deconstructing Pop Culture. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  14. ^ Morris, Chris (April 27, 1996). Right Stuff Licenses Solar Masters (Magazine ed.). Artists & Music: Billboard Magazine. p. 12. Retrieved 2015-02-01. 

References

See also

In-house producers

Artists

Following its decline, SOLAR closed its doors in 1995. The label's back catalog, which includes the pre-1984 Constellation back catalog, were eventually purchased by EMI, with many of its releases and compilations being re-issued through The Right Stuff Records.[14] In 2009, Unidisc Music purchased SOLAR's back catalog for Canada, USA and South African territories. Unidisc currently oversees most of the albums released on SOLAR, save for Babyface's albums Lovers and Tender Lover, which are currently owned by Sony Music Entertainment.

SOLAR's relationship with Elektra lasted until 1986.[12] After the Elektra distribution deal expired, SOLAR briefly took up distribution with Capitol Records until 1989, at which time it signed a new distribution deal with Epic Records, which oversaw what would ultimately become its twilight years.[13] In the early 90's, the label released its last recordings- 1991's Now by Richie Havens and the soundtrack to the 1992 film Deep Cover.

In the meantime, the Constellation label moved to MCA Records for distribution in 1984. Shortly thereafter, Griffey decided to abandon contemporary music to focus all of his attention on running SOLAR, and retaining its sonic theme. Subsequently, MCA bought the Constellation imprint and absorbed its artists, including Klymaxx, which had been its biggest act.

From 1977 to 1981, SOLAR was distributed by RCA Records, which had also distributed the Soul Train Records label during its two-year run. Griffey formed a second label, Constellation Records (no relation to the Chicago-based indie label founded by Ewart Abner) in 1981, which focused on more contemporary and top forty-geared acts to Griffey's more traditionally "urban" establishment. Upon its formation, Constellation was distributed through Elektra/Asylum Records, making it only natural for the main SOLAR label to jump ship to Elektra for distribution when it left RCA.

Distribution

By 1987, the label began to see its commercial fortunes decline. Contributing to the decline were A&R problems with Shalamar, primarily, maintaining the group's identity and momentum as former members Hewett and Watley had departed and were having successful solo careers on other labels (MCA for Watley and Elektra for Hewett). The shifting musical directions of R&B, dance and popular music in general in the late 1980s and early 1990s also contributed to their decline.

Decline

SOLAR was known for several others who enjoyed success, including: The Whispers, Dynasty, Lakeside, Midnight Star, Klymaxx, Calloway, Carrie Lucas, Collage and The Deele — which introduced singer/songwriter/producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds[9][10] and future music executive Antonio "L.A." Reid.[11] Griffey had always believed in giving new talents the opportunity to create and develop their craft, and he was introduced to songwriters/producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis by his A & R rep Dina Ruth Andrews who was the team's first manager, Reggie and Vincent Calloway, and Leon F. Sylvers III. The "SOLAR sound" was a collective effort, with artists working on each other's sessions and artists encouraged to be creative. Sylvers who became SOLAR's house producer in 1978. His signature basslines and productions helped mould the hit sound of SOLAR, which is funky, progressive dance music infused with soul and disco.

Success

show. Soul Train Griffey and Cornelius remained good friends, and as a result SOLAR maintained close ties to the [8]

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