Industry legend Dick Griffey died today. We are not sure what the ailment was but sources say he has been suffering for a long time. Griffey ran Solar records for several years and enjoyed success with such groups as Shalamar. We will keep you posted on arrangements.
Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and Black Music Legend
Dick Griffey Dies
Pioneering music mogul and founder of SOLAR Records succumbs in Los Angeles
Venerated music industry titan Dick Griffey died yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles from complications of quadruple bypass surgery. Griffey founded SOLAR Records in the late 1970’s and went on to become one of the preeminent black music pioneers of the 20th Century, breaking records and recording artists that ushered in the era of contemporary crossover black music. A music mogul before the term entered popular culture, Griffey’s talent for picking hit songs and superstars defined the music business for more than two decades. Griffey spent the last 10 years of his life in West Africa involved in commodities and international trade.
Widow Carrie Lucas Griffey said, “We walked these last steps with him and held him close. But all who knew him understood he belonged to the world. He acknowledged failures but rejected defeat. The doors he helped open, he reached back to bring others with him. He loved life and people. He did a hard day’s work and expected the same from those around him. We celebrate his “going home”.
Mr. Griffey’s Home Going Service will be private and reserved for immediate family. A public memorial is being organized and details are forthcoming. Friends and associates interested in participating in the public memorial may contact:
Dina Andrews 424.248.5380