Reggie Calloway, Midnight Star Featured on TV One’s “Unsung”
In addition to being a Co-Founder of The Royalty Exchange, Reggie Calloway is also the founder of the legendary techno-funk R&B bands Midnight Star and the Calloway Brothers.
The documentary, featured on the TV One’s “Unsung” series provides a wonderful history of one of the legendary bands in the 80′s and it’s frontman: Reggie Calloway.
As the frontman for Midnight Star, Reggie Calloway was instrumental in writing numerous mega-hits (such as “No Parking on the Dance Floor” and “Freak-A-Zoid”), and led the band to five appearances on the Billboard Top 100 from 1983 to 1988.
Click the link below to watch the full documentary, and read more about Midnight Star below.
History of Midnight Star
The synth-funk unit Midnight Star scored several times on the charts during the mid-’80s, led by their double-platinum album No Parking on the Dance Floor in 1983. Just one of the successful acts on Solar Records (also including Shalamar, Lakeside, and the Whispers), the group was formed in 1976 at Kentucky State University by the Callowaybrothers, trumpeter Reginald, and trombone player Vincent, with vocalist Belinda Lipscomb. After signing with RCA near the turn of the decade, Midnight Star recorded their first album in 1980, The Beginning, with a conglomeration of studio players and producers. After moving to the Solar label by 1982, the group released Victory and then added a full band: guitarist Melvin Gentry, bassist Kenneth Gant, drummer Bobby Lovelace, and keyboard player Bo Watson.
Though the Calloways’ production skills — later used to full effect on tracks by Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, and Teddy Pendergrass – had pushed Midnight Star into the R&B charts during 1981-1982, with singles like “Hot Spot” and “I’ve Been Watching You,” the group was unprepared for the success of the first single from their third proper album, No Parking on the Dance Floor. “Freak-a-Zoid” hit number two on the R&B charts in mid-1983, and though it failed to make the pop Top 40, it pushed the LP over the platinum mark. “Operator,” the first single from their next album, Planetary Invasion, became their highest-charting single, making number 18 on the pop charts. By 1986,Headlines had become Midnight Star’s third album to at least sell gold, but it proved their last; bothReginald and Vincent left the group to form Calloway in 1988. (Incidentally, the Calloways had introduced future legend Babyface to Solar executives for his first job, and produced Babyface’s groupthe Deele).