Superproducer Quincy Jones is leading tributes to S.O.L.A.R. Records founder RICHARD 'DICK' GRIFFEY, who died on Friday (24Sep10), aged 71.
The music pioneer, who created the R&B label in the 1970s, passed away at a rehabilitation centre in Canoga Park, Los Angeles after suffering complications from quadruple-bypass heart surgery.
Griffey promoted Stevie Wonder and the Jacksons.
In a statement Jones says, "DICk Griffey was one of the great pioneering executives in the music business, whose fingerprints were on some of the biggest R&B hits of the '80s."
Grammy-winning singer/producer Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds has also marked Griffey's death, insisting he was responsible for creating the R&B scene 30 years ago.
He says, "His legacy isn’t as known because they don’t know the guy behind it all. I think he got frustrated with the music business, and it wasn’t as important to him. At some point, when it relates to your legacy, you have to fight to remember. And at some point, I don’t think he cared anymore. But I, for one, wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t sing the praises for the talent he was."