Shalamar

Genres: Dance Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": disco soul funk 80s rnb Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

This act was created by Dick Griffey, booking agent for US television’s Soul Train show, and Simon Soussan, a veteran of UK’s northern soul scene. The latter produced ‘Uptown Festival’, a medley of popular Motown Records favourites, which was issued on Griffey’s Solar label. Although credited to ‘Shalamar’, the track featured session musicians, but its success inspired Griffey to create a performing group. Jody Watley (30 January 1959, Chicago, Illinois, USA), Jeffrey Daniels (b. 30 January 1959, Chicago, Illinois, USA) and Gerald Brown were recruited via Soul Train in 1977, although Brown was replaced the following year by Howard Hewett (b. 1 October 1955, Akron, Ohio, USA). ‘The Second Time Around’ gave the trio an R&B chart topper in 1979, but subsequent releases were better received in the UK, where lightweight soul/disco offerings, including ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’, ‘A Night To Remember’...

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