Formed in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. from the combination of members of two groups – The Montereys and The Nomads. Originally named Ohio Lakeside Express. They met Frank Wilson just before he’d quit Motown and they were signed at ABC Records and they released their debut in 1977 produced by Frank Wilson. In 1978 their manager and friend Dick Griffey founded Solar and signed the group. Norman Whitfield as well had made them an offer for Whitfield Records but Lakeside turned it down.