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SOLAR (acronym for Sound of Los AngelesRecords was an American record label founded in 1977 by Dick Griffey. SOLAR began in 1975 as Soul Train Records, founded by Dick Griffey and Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. The first act they signed was an R&B vocal quartet they named The Soul Train Gang (Gerald Brown, Terry Brown, Judy Jones, Patricia Williamson, and later Denise Smith). Griffey formed a collective called Shalamar, using a host of session singers to record “Uptown Festival,” a disco-length medley of early Motown hits. 

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    Shalamar - Big Fun

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    Big Fun is the third album by American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1979 on the SOLAR label. Big Fun was produced by Leon Sylvers III and is...

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    Midnight Star - No Parking On the Dance Floor

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    The greatest Midnight Star album, and a dancefloor and early '80s R&B/funk classic. The group found its niche with the silly hit "Freak-A-Zoid,...

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    Shalamar - Three for Love

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    Three for Love is the fourth album by American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1980 on the SOLAR label. It was produced by Leon Sylvers III and...

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    The Whispers - And The Beat Goes On

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    "And the Beat Goes On" is a 1979 single by the American music group the Whispers. The song was their first of two number-one singles on the Soul ch...

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    Midnight Star - Headlines

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    The final hit album for Midnight Star before the Calloway brothers departed. They had reached their peak and cranked out three solid R&B hits, ...

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    Lakeside - Party Patrol

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    Formed in 1969, US vocalists Tiemeyer McCain, Thomas Oliver Shelby, Otis Stokes and Mark Woods were augmented by an instrumental unit comprising St...

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    Dynasty - The Second Adventure

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    The creation of producer/label-head Dick Griffey and Leon Sylvers, this Los Angeles band did light funk and clever dance-pop numbers in the late '7...

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    Shalamar - The 12 Inch Collection

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    Shalamar was the creation of Dick Griffey, the booking agent for the television R&B program Soul Train, and British R&B producer Simon Sous...

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    Midnight Star - Midnight Star

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    Midnight Star was a synth-funk group that had a string of R&B hits in the '80s. Upon the release of their 1988 self titled album "Midnight Star...

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    Dynasty - Adventures in the Land of Music

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    The creation of producer/label-head Dick Griffey and Leon Sylvers, this Los Angeles band did light funk and clever dance-pop numbers in the late '7...

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    The Whispers - Just Gets Better with Time

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    Just Gets Better with Time is the fourteenth studio album by American R&B/Soul group The Whispers. It was released on April 9, 1987 via SOLAR R...

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    Midnight Star - Planetary Invasion

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    This nine-piece band made their mark with their sci-fi instrumentation and aggressive dance numbers. This album spawned three singles that fall int...

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    The Sylvers - Concept

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    Concept is the ninth album by the Los Angeles, California-based R&B group The Sylvers. Released in October 1981, this would be their only album...

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    Midnight Star - Work It Out

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    Midnight Star was a synth-funk group that had a string of R&B hits in the '80s. In 1990 the band recorded Work It Out, their last album for Sol...

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    Klymaxx - Girls Will Be Girls

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    Girls Will Be Girls is the second album by R&B group Klymaxx. Released in 1982, Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Lakeside members Otis...

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    Midnight Star - Standing Together

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    This was an album of early Midnight Star material that was only issued in England. It contains tracks that laid the groundwork for the big hits tha...

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    Sunbear - Sunbear

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    American jazz-funk duo Sunbear released their lone, self-titled studio album in 1977. The album was produced by Solar Records founder and producer ...

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    The Deele - Street Beat

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    Formed in 1981 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The line up originally consisted of Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Carlos “Satin” Greene, Darne...

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    Collage - Shine the Light

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    Before Collage's departure from the music business they released this project entitled "Shine The Light", which also features their biggest single ...

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    Klymaxx - Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman

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    Klymaxx was created and formed in 1979 by Bernadette Cooper (producer/drummer/vocals); the other original members included Lorena Porter Shelby (le...

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    3rd Avenue - Let's Talk About Love

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    "Let's Talk About Love" is a studio album from R&B trio 3rd Avenue. This record features a classic R&B sound that could be heard throughout...

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    Calloway - Let's Get Smooth

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    Formed by trumpeter Reginald and trombone player Vincent Calloway (both respected producers) after they left Midnight Star in the late '80s, Callow...

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    The Deele - Eyes of a Stranger

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    Formed in 1981 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The line up originally consisted of Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Carlos “Satin” Greene, Darne...

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    The Whispers - Imagination

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    Imagination is the tenth studio album by American R&B/soul vocal group The Whispers, released on November 30, 1980 by SOLAR Records. The Whispe...

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    Midnight Star - Victory

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    Another early Midnight Star album, which came close to breaking them as a hit act. The title cut and "Hot Spot" both charted, and the Calloway brot...

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    Collage - Do You Like Our Music?

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    Collage's debut album Do You Like Our Music?, released in 1981 by Solar Records, was produced by prolific R&B group, The Whispers.  Collage was...

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    Lakeside - Fantastic Voyage

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    Fantastic Voyage is the fourth album released by the funk band Lakeside. Released in 1980 on the SOLAR Records label, it was produced by the band's...

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    Shalamar - Heart Break

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    Heartbreak is the eighth album by American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1984 on the SOLAR label. It features a new line-up of Delisa Davis, ...

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    Lakeside - Outrageous

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    The album cover shows the group as "Raiders of the Lost Ark"; includes the R&B top ten title track and the minor hit, "Make My Day". 

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    Shalamar - Go for It

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    Go for It is the fifth album by American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1981 on the SOLAR label. The album features the 'classic' Shalamar lin...

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    Carrie Lucas - Still in Love

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    A fine blend of sweet and simple ballads and softly textured dance grooves, Lucas' fifth set is her strongest collection. The oft-sampled, hard-to-...

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    Carrie Lucas - Street Corner Symphony

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    A Los Angeles vocalist, Carrie Lucas' light, feathery voice made several Solar singles in the '80s. Lucas was the girlfriend of Solar head Dick Gri...

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    The Whispers - So Good

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    So Good is the thirteenth studio album by American R&B/Soul vocal group The Whispers, Released on July 26, 1984 via SOLAR Records. This album r...

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    Lakeside - Untouchables

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    A concept album by Lakeside; the album cover shows the group as FBI agents; features the big hits, "Raid" and "Real Love".

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    The Deele - An Invitation to Love

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    An Invitation to Love is Cincinnati R&B band, The Deele's fourth and final studio album released under SOLAR records in 1993.  Carlos Greene an...

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    The Whispers - Love Is Where You Find It

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    Love Is Where You Find It is the eleventh studio album by American R&B/soul group, the Whispers, released on April 5, 1981 by SOLAR Records. It...

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