Record wrote and produced hits for Jackie Wilson ("You Got Me Walking," "Don't Burn No Bridges" by Jackie Wilson and the Chi-Lites) and other Brunswick signees. The songwriter wrote "Raindrops" -- not the 1961 Dee Clark hit -- for Barbara Acklin, which was her only post-Brunswick. During the early '70s, Record recorded demos for his songs on a tiny one-track tape recorder while playing all the parts himself on guitar and drums in his small basement apartment. This skill would prove to be useful as Record sometimes filled in for the rest of the group when they were unavailable for recording sessions. Later, Record became a "one-man band" on his solo LPs. In 1976, Record left the Chi-Lites and signed a solo deal with Warner Bros. The first of two Warner Bros. albums, The Eugene Record (February 1977) spawned the 1977 number 24 R&B hit "Laying Beside You"; the next LP, Trying to Get to You," was released a year later. Record kept busy writing songs and producing former Lost Generation member Lowell Simon aka Lowrell of "Mellow Mellow Right On" fame, among many others. Record occasionally joined the Chi-Lites on-stage and on record. Oakland, CA, rapper MC Hammer covered "Have You Seen Her" on his superstar-making second Capitol album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em. "Have You Seen Her" quickly went gold and peaked at number four on both the R&B and the pop charts during the summer of 1990, no doubt fattening the coffers of songwriters Acklin and Record. In 1988, Record became a born-again Christian, making a 1992 appearance on TV's The 700 Club. After much study and spiritual growth, the veteran artist released his first all-gospel album, Let Him In, on his own label, Evergreen Records. Veteran promoter Gus Redmond was tapped by his childhood friend for promotional duties.
In December of 2003, Record reunited with the Chi-Lites to film the PBS Special Superstars of Seventies Soul. The following year the hip hop generation knocked on his door once again as "Are You My Woman" was used as part of the Beyonce hit "Crazy in Love." The song used enough of his tune to garner a writing credit and earned Record his first Grammy Award. After a long battle with cancer Eugene Record passed away on July 22, 2005 at the age of 64. At the time of his death he was busy with ministry work and planning a re-release of his 1998 gospel album Let Him In. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi