Producer, writer, and one of the founding members for Midnight Star, Reggie Calloway grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father was a trumpet player, his aunt sang opera, and his uncle played keyboards. As a child, he pecked out tunes on his grandmother's piano. As a teen, Calloway began writing songs and formed his first bands. While attending Kentucky State University, he picked fellow students to form the band Midnight Star in the mid-'70s. The lineup was Reggie Calloway on flute, trumpet, and percussion; Vincent Calloway on trombone, trumpet, and percussion; Bo Watson on lead vocals and keyboards; Belinda Lipscomb on lead vocals; Melvin Gantry on lead vocals; Jeffrey Cooper on lead guitar and keyboards; Kenneth Gant on bass and vocals; Boby Lovelace on drums; and Walter Simmons on saxophone, keyboards, and percussion. They began performing around Ohio and Kentucky. Moving to New York, the band began to build a strong reputation. Based on this word of mouth, Dick Griffey signed the band to his Los Angeles, CA-based Solar Records. Their first two LPs for the label were Standing Together (1981) and Victory (1982).