TIR 6: How Reggie Calloway Gave Midnight Star Its ‘Midas Touch’


Brought to you by Funknstuff.net and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on the One: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in this two-part series: Reggie Calloway, founding member of one of the top-selling funk / R&B bands of the 1980s, Midnight Star. As a trumpet player, singer, producer and composer, Reggie played a leading role in a run of platinum- and gold-selling albums and singles from 1983-1986 that included “Freak-A-Zoid,” “No Parking on the Dancefloor,” “Wet My Whistle,” “Operator,” “Midas Touch” and “Headlines.” Reggie parted ways with the group in the late 1980s but his name continued to be heard at radio and seen on the charts. That included collaborating as a duo with brother Vincent Calloway, who had also been in Midnight Star, as Calloway. They also produced and composed tracks for Teddy Pendergrass, the Deele and LeVert, with Reggie writing the smash hit “Casanova.” Reggie currently serves as Director of Music Royalty Funding at Sound Royalties.

The discussion includes: growing up in a musical family and gaining a lifetime’s worth of music experience before forming Midnight Star in the mid-1970s; signing the band to Solar Records and fine-tuning the sound through the first three albums; meeting and working with icons like Dick Griffey, Leon Sylvers III, Bootsy Collins and Babyface; what he learned during an hourlong conversation with Quincy Jones that led to recording 1983’s breakthrough smash album No Parking on the Dancefloor; moving on to produce other stars; getting into the financing side of the music industry; and much more!

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