Reggie Griffin appeared on the music scene in 1977 as a member of US funk group “Manchild” who released two albums for the Chi Sound Records label in 1977 and 1978. The band was significant for containing three members who would go on to great success in the songwriting and production field, Darryl Simmons (De’rock), Kenneth Edmonds (Babyface) and Reggie Griffin.
Reggie would follow up his time in “Manchild” with the single “Mirda Rock” by Reggie Griffin & Technofunk on the Sugar Hill Records label in 1982 and two solo albums, Mr.Everything in 1982 and Hot Fingers in 1984 for the Qwest label where his name was shortened to Griffin.
To give you some idea of the talent of this man, on the 1984 Hot Fingers album, his credits included the following:
Produced By, Arranged By, Written-by, Engineer (Recording), Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Bass, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Piano, Synthesizer [Korg, Prophet, Oberheim, Voyetra, Yamaha Dx7], Drum Programming [Dmx, Drumulator, Loud], Noises [Obnoxious], Scratches [Turntable], Percussion, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
At the same time Reggie was pursuing his musical career, his success as an arranger and producer was growing and two major hits in 1983 for Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five cemented that success, Reggie received a songwriting credit on New York, New York and arranged White Lines (Don’t Do It), both seminal tracks in the history of rap and this would be followed the following year with his arrangement work on Chaka Khan’s I Feel For You.
Reggie’s 1984 album “Hot Fingers” spawned two singles, and the second of these “Move” received some tasty remixes courtesy of Jellybean.
Move (Jellybean Remix) 6:17
Move (Jellybean Instrumental Remix) 5:56