Shalamar

Shalamar

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Shalamar was the creation of Dick Griffey, the booking agent for the television R&B program Soul Train, and British R&B producer Simon Soussan. The group's first single, the 1977 Motown medley "Uptown Festival," featured a bevy of faceless studio musicians; once it became a hit, Griffey decided to form a performing group under the name Shalamar. Through Soul Train, Griffey found Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel, and Gerald Brown, the three vocalists that became Shalamar; Brown was quickly replaced by Howard Hewitt in 1978. More Info »

Top Albums

  • The Very Best of Shalamar
    The Very Best of Shalamar
  • Night To Remember - The Ultimate Collection
    Night To Remember - The Ultimate Collection
  • A Night To Remember
    A Night To Remember
  • Original Hits
    Original Hits
  • Footloose (15th Anniversary Collectors' Edition)
    Footloose (15th Anniversary Collectors' Edition)
  • Friends
    Friends
  • Nights To Remember
    Nights To Remember
  • Friends / Go For It
    Friends / Go For It
  • Greatest Hits
    Greatest Hits
  • Three for Love
    Three for Love
  • The Very Best Of
    The Very Best Of
  • Big Fun
    Big Fun
  • Best of Shalamar & the Whispers
    Best of Shalamar & the Whispers
  • The Ultimate Collection
    The Ultimate Collection
  • Anthology
    Anthology
  • The Look
    The Look
  • Soul Masters: The Second Time Around
    Soul Masters: The Second Time Around
  • Top Gun/ Footloose/ Sleepless in Seattle (3 Pak Cube)
    Top Gun/ Footloose/ Sleepless in Seattle (3 Pak Cube)
  • Go for It
    Go for It
  • Heartbreak
    Heartbreak
  • Shalamar Greatest Hits
    Shalamar Greatest Hits
  • Big Fun / Three for Love
    Big Fun / Three for Love
  • Uptown Festival
    Uptown Festival
  • Disco Gardens
    Disco Gardens
  • Circumstantial Evidence
    Circumstantial Evidence
  • The Best of Shalamar
    The Best of Shalamar
  • Disco Garden
    Disco Garden
  • Uptown Festival / Disco Gardens
    Uptown Festival / Disco Gardens
  • 12 Inch Collection
    12 Inch Collection
  • The Very Best of Shalamr
    The Very Best of Shalamr
  • Back to Back Hits
    Back to Back Hits

Shalamar. Artist Bio

Shalamar was the creation of Dick Griffey, the booking agent for the television R&B program Soul Train, and British R&B producer Simon Soussan. The group's first single, the 1977 Motown medley "Uptown Festival," featured a bevy of faceless studio musicians; once it became a hit, Griffey decided to form a performing group under the name Shalamar. Through Soul Train, Griffey found Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel, and Gerald Brown, the three vocalists that became Shalamar; Brown was quickly replaced by Howard Hewitt in 1978.

Shalamar's string of poppy dance-soul hits began in 1979 with "Take That to the Bank"; later that year, "The Second Time Around" hit the Top Ten. Throughout the early '80s the group were favorites on the U.S. R&B scene, as well as scoring a number of British hit singles (the two biggest being "A Night To Remember" and "There It Is" in 1982). Watley and Daniel left the group in 1982 and were replaced by Delisa Davis and Micki Free in 1984; Watley went on to stardom as a solo act. Daniel released an album "Skinny Boy in 1990 and choreographed Michael Jackson's Bad and Smooth Criminal videos. He is also credited with teaching Michael the Moonwalk.

The following year Shalamar won a Grammy award for "Don't Get Stopped in Beverly Hills," which was featured in Beverly Hills Cop. Hewitt left for a solo career in 1986, signaling the end of the band's career as hit-makers. Sidney Justin replaced Hewitt and the group recorded 1987's Circumstantial Evidence, which was a commercial disappointment. The group faded away soon after the release of 1990's Wake Up.

Jeffrey, Howard Hewett and Carolyn Griffey (Solar Records Dick Griffeys daughter) reformed Shalamar in the late nineties and played two UK Arena tours in 1999 and 2003. In 2005 Shalamar appeared on the primetime TV show Hit Me Baby One More Time.



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