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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Scott Goldfine

As a fervid lifelong music & film enthusiast / student, I grew up in and around the Los Angeles entertainment industry. I have worked and held many positions in various media realms, since 1998 serving as Editor-in-Chief and now Associate Publisher for Security Sales & Integration, a trade publication serving the electronic security industry. I love several genres of music & film. The former includes funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, Ohio Players, etc.); blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales, etc.); rock (Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, etc.); hard rock (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc.); jazz (Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Crusaders, etc.); R&B (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Gil Scott-Heron, etc.); and more. I was a club disc jockey and ran a mobile DJ company (Musical Moods) for more than 15 years, which is where the name Dr. GX originates (Doctor Good Times). Fave film genres include horror (Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.); science fiction (Aliens, Terminator, 2001, etc.); action (Warriors, Road Warrior, Die Hard); westerns (Outlaw Josey Wales, Showdown at OK Corral; Wild Bunch, etc.); suspense (Jaws, Inception, Silence of the Lambs, etc.); drama (Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, etc.); and comedies (Life of Brian, Superbad, Ruthless People, etc.). I have attended many hundreds of concerts and movies (in theaters or screenings). I may as well also throw in a few favorite TV shows to give an even broader taste of my sensibilities. A handful would be Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Lost, Justified, Fargo, Seinfeld, Sopranos, South Park, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Key & Peele, Monty Python, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Last Man on Earth, Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family and The Office. Fave authors are Stephen King, Clive Barker and Michael Crichton. I am also a big sports fan and lifelong supporter of the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB). Also enjoy my family of course, electronics/computers/AV gear, and animals, nature and outdoor activities. Graduate of Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica College and California State University Northridge (Radio-TV-Film, Psychology minor). Also studied at UCLA for kinesiology/psychology and earned post-grad Certificate in Accounting from Santa Monica College. Present main occupation is as Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Security Sales & Integration (SSI), which I joined in 1998. I am responsible for overseeing all editorial content in print. online, electronic, in-person and any other media or products for the electronic security industry's leading business-to-business trade publication. SSI is part of Framingham, Mass.-based Emerald Expositions.