Shalamar









Shalamar

was an American music band who performed and recorded in the 1970's and the 1980's. They had a disco style of music which was created by Dick Griffey, a Soul Train booking agent. Their first hit was, Uptown festival, which they released in 1977 with the Motown label. Griffey decided to replace his session singers with Jody Watley, Jeffery Daniel, and Howard Hewett in 1978. In 1979 the group was introduced to the R&B producer, Leon Sylvers III. They signed up with Griffey’s Solar records and released a song called, The second Time around which sold over a million copies in the U. S. The song made it to number 1 on the R&B chart and number 8 on the U. S. Pop chart. The group had a list of hits in the U. K. With songs such as, Take That To the Bank in 1978, I Owe You One in 1980), and in 1982, I Can make You feel Good, A Night To Remember, There It Is, and Friends. They also had an album called Friends which was also a big hit in 1982. The songs were a combination of pop, disco, and soul. The record sales increased when Daniel displayed his dancing skills on BBC’s Television program, Top of the Pops.

Watley and Daniel left the band because of differences of opinion with the Solar Record label. This was just prior to the release of their next album, The Look, in the spring of 1983. The album produced several single hits from it. They were Disappearing Act, Dead Giveaway, and Over and Over. The album did not have the success that the Friends album did the year before it. In the mid 1980's, (with new members, Delisa Davis and Micki free), Shalamar went back to the United States Top 20 in 1984 with Dancing In the Sheets from the soundtrack of the movie, Footloose. They also won a Grammy with, Don’t get stopped In Beverly Hills, from the Beverly Hills Cop film in 1985. Hewett left the group in 1986 to pursue a solo career and was replaced with Sydney Justin. The group experienced a lull and faded for a while.

Watley was the most successful of the group. She had solo albums and success with her own singles.Some of these were, Looking For A New Love in 1989, Friends, and When A man Loves A Woman in 1994. She was one of the artists to perform on the original Band Aid record. The group reformed in 2005 for the United Kingdom’s television show, Hit me Baby, with Jeffery Daniel, Howard Hewett, and new singer Carolyn Griffey (daughter of the original founder of Shalamar, Dick Griffey).