Two years later in New York City, they preformed a showcase, that inspired SOLAR (Sound Of Los Angeles Records) chief Dick Griffey to sign the group to his label. They released their debut album The Beginning in 1980, with Make It Last being their first minor US R&B hit. In 1981 they released the album Standing Together with the single I've Been Watching You just reaching the US R&B top 40. The 1982 album, Victory really seemed to be as the title track suggested, almost the breakthrough they had been waiting for; Hot Spot made the R&B chart and just bubbled under the hot 100 Billboard chart, but you could see they were getting nearer to getting the cross over success they deserved.
In 1983 the double platinum album No Parking (On the Dance Floor) was released with at last giving them the same kind of recognition that their label mates, Shalamar and The Whispers were gaining. Freak-A-Zoid was not only a US no.2 R&B hit, but crossed over to the Billboard 100 chart, as did their next single releases from the album, Wet My Whistle which was also a minor hit in the UK. These singles, along with hot album tracks like Slow Jam (co-written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds) and Electricity propelled the album to double platinum status.
The US Gold certified album Planetary Invasion was released in 1984, with the hits Curious and the no.1 US R&B hit Operator, which also crossed over to no.18 in the Billboard hot 100 chart; so far their biggest US hit as a band. At this point the demand for The Calloways work was high as they started writing hits for other artists such as Klymaxx (Meeting in the Ladies Room), and The Whispers (Contagious). In 1986, they released their sixth album, Headlines, which was their third album go at least gold in America, but this time their success crossed over to Europe; they enjoyed success with Midas Touch, not only reaching the American R&B top 10, but also the Top 10 in the UK and in many other European countries. This was to be Midnight Star's last album with the Calloway brothers; they continued writing for other musicians, such as Teddy Pendergrass (Joy), Gladys Knight & the Pips (Love Overboard), Natalie Cole (Jump Start), and Levert (Casanova).
- The Oakland Stroke