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Music industry titan Dick Griffey died September 25, 2010 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.

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