Monday, 13 June 2011


Shalamar was an American music group, primarily of the 1970s and 1980s, that was originally a disco-driven vehicle created by Soul Train booking agent Dick Griffey. They went on to be an influential dance trio, masterminded by Soul Train producer Don Cornelius. As noted in the British Hit Singles & Albums, they were regarded as fashion icons and trendsetters, and helped to introduce 'body-popping' to the United Kingdom. Their collective name 'Shalamar' was picked by Griffey.

Their first hit was the 1975 Motown-inspired production "Uptown Festival," the success of which inspired Griffey to replace his session singers with vocalists Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel and Howard Hewett (the latter replacing short-time members Gary Mumford and, later, Gerald Brown) in 1979.

In the UK the group had a string of hits with songs such as "Take That to the Bank" (1978), "I Owe You One" (1980) and 1982's "I Can Make You Feel Good", "A Night to Remember", "There It Is" and "Friends".

The group took a knock when Watley and Daniel separately left the band over conflicts within the group and other issues. Adding to the subsequent departure was Watley's increasing frustration with SOLAR Records and Dick Griffey shortly after the release of their next album,

With a mid 1980s line-up change with Delisa Davis and Micki Free, Shalamar returned to the US Top 20 in 1984 with "Dancing in the Sheets" from the Footloose soundtrack, peaking at #17, and they won a Grammy for "Don't Get Stopped in Beverly Hills" from Beverly Hills Cop in 1984.

But when Hewett left for a solo career in 1985, and was replaced by Sydney Justin, the band faded into temporary obscurity. The group recorded 1987's Circumstantial Evidence, which was a commercial disappointment, and faded away soon after the release of 1990s Wake Up.

Watley launched her own solo career in 1987, winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist and releasing hit singles including "Looking for a New Love" and "Friends" featuring Eric B & Rakim. She rejoined with Hewett and Daniel, plus LL Cool J, on Babyface's 1996 million-selling single "This Is for the Lover in You"; a cover of a hit single from Shalamar's 1980 album Three for Love.

Shalamar reformed in 2005, for the UK television series, Hit Me, Baby, One More Time, with original members Daniel and Hewett.

Shalamar scored a total of three gold albums in the US; with Big Fun, Three for Love (which eventually went platinum) and Friends.

Uptown Festival - Shalamar


01. Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo
02. Beautiful Night
03. Uptown Festival
04. High On Life
05. Ooh Baby, Baby
06. You Know
07. Forever Came Today


Disco Gardens - Shalamar


01. Tossing Turning and Swinging
02. Shalamar Disco Gardens
03. Take That to the Bank
04. Stay Close to Love
05. Leave It All up to Love
06. Lovely Lady
07. Cindy, Cindy


Big Fun - Shalamar


01. The Right Time For Us
02. Take Me To The River
03. Right In The Socket
04. The Second Time Around
05. I Owe You One
06. Let's Find The Time For Love
07. Girl


Three For Love - Shalamar


01. Full Of Fire
02. Attention To My Baby
03. Somewhere There's A Love
04. Somethings Never Change
05. Make That Move
06. This Is For The Lover In You
07. Work It Out
08. Pop Along Kid



Go For It - Shalamar


01. Go for It
02. Appeal
03. Final Analysis
04. You've Got Me Running
05. Sweeter as the Days Go By
06. Talk to Me
07. Good Feelings
08. Rocker


Friends - Shalamar


01. A Night To Remember
02. Don't Try To Change Me
03. Help Me
04. On Top Of The World
05. I Don't Wanna Be The Last To Know
06. Friends
07. Playing To Win
08. I Just Stopped By Because I Had To
09. There It Is
10. I Can Make You Feel Good



The Look - Shalamar


01. Closer
02. Dead Giveaway
03. You Can Count on Me
04. Right Here
05. No Limits (The Now Club)
06. Disappearing Act
07. Over and Over
08. You're the One for Me
09. You Won't Miss Love (Until It's Gone)
10. Look



Heartbreak - Shalamar


01. Amnesia
02. Dancin' In The Sheets
03. Whenever You Need Me
04. Heart Break
05. Don't Get Stopped In Beverly Hills
06. My Girl Loves Me
07. Melody (An Erotic Affair)
08. Deceiver


Circumstantial Evidence - Shalamar


01. Bridges
02. Soft Rain
03. Hard When You're So Far Away
04. If It Feels Good (Do It)
05. Mammy Blue
06. Stories Untold
07. I Can't Understand It
08. Earthbound/Freefall
09. Traveling Underground


Wake Up - Shalamar


01. Caution: This Love Is Hot
02. Wake Up
03. Why Lead Me On
04. Groove Talk
05. All I Wanna Do
06. Come Together
07. For Sure
08. I'll Give U Love
09. I Want You
10. Pink Box




The Very Best Of Shalamar - Shalamar

01. The Second Time Around
02. A Night To Remember
03. I Can Make You Feel Good
04. Take That To The Bank
05. Make That Move
06. Full Of Fire
07. There It Is
08. Over And Over
09. Help Me
10. Love's Grown Deep
11. Uptown Festival (Part 1)
12. My Girl Loves Me
13. The Second Time Around (Remix)
14. A Night To Remember (Remix)


The 12'' Collection - Shalamar


01. Uptown Festival
02. Take That to the Bank
03. Second Time Around
04. Right in the Socket
05. Full of Fire
06. Make That Move
07. Night to Remember
08. I Can Make You Feel Good
09. Dead Giveaway
10. Over and Over
11. Dancing in the Sheets
12. Circumstantial Evidence
13. This Is for the Lover in You


The Best Of Shalamar - Shalamar


01. Second Time Around
02. A Night To Remember
03. My Girl Loves Me
04. Games
05. Right In The Socket
06. Make That Move
07. Take That To The Bank
08. Dead Giveaway
09. Over And Over
10. Sweeter As The Days Go By


Ultimate Collection - Shalamar


01. Dead Giveaway
02. The Second Time Around
03. Dancing In The Sheets
04. Uptown Festival (Part 1)
05. Games
06. Take That To The Bank
07. A Night To Remember
08. Over And Over
09. Full Of Fire
10. Sweeter As The Days Go By
11. Circumstantial Evidence
12. Make That Move
13. I Can Make You Feel Good
14. My Girl Loves Me
15. Right In The Socket
16. Amnesia
17. This Is For The Lover In You


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