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SHALAMAR
Formed 1976 in New York, New York, by Soul Train booking agent Dick Griffey and British producer Simon Soussan. The first Shalamar release, Uptown Festival, was recorded by faceless session singers. Griffey and Soussan decided to form a group proper when that single was a success, and plucked members Jody Watley (b. 30th January 1959, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.), Jeffrey Daniels (b. 24th August 1957), and Gerald Brown, from the Soul Train set where they were primarily dancers. Gerald Brown was replaced the following year by Howard Hewett (b. 1st October 1955 in Akron, Ohio, U.S.A.) thus completing the group's best known incarnation.

In 1983, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniels left the group for solo careers and were replaced by Delisa Davis and Micki Free. Howard Hewitt left the group in 1986 to embark on his own solo career, as well as production for acts such as his then wife Nia Peeples, and was replaced by Sidney Justin. The band broke up in 1991, though Sidney Justin continued to tour with a new incarnation of Shalamar.

In 2005, Hewett and Daniels reformed Shalamar with new member Carolyn Griffey, daughter of Dick Griffey and singer Carrie Lucas and former member of R&B duo Absolute, and they performed on the British talent show "Hit Me Baby One More Time". They did not win, but continued to tour for the next few years.
 
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SHALAMAR: THE COMPLETE SOLAR HIT SINGLES COLLECTION (BMG)
From the opening track “Uptown Festival” (Medley) I danced aboard my time machine to the familiar territory of the mid-seventies/early eighties, where I blustered around London nightclub dance floors defiantly ignoring my protesting limbs to gyrate to the compulsive, hypnotic and totally mesmerising beat of the Shalamar hit factory. This trio, with its most successful/popular membership of Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniels and Howard Hewitt, were Solar Records’ prime money makers, and rightly so. Tha...
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SHALAMAR: FRIENDS DeLuxe Edition (BBR)
Y’know as soon as the opening bars of the opening track “A Night To Remember” pulsated through my headphones I was transported back to Xenon nightclub...
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Shalamar/Carolyn Griffey 2011 SoulMusic.com Interview
Phone interview conducted October 20, 2011 Like many fans of the group Shalamar, Carolyn Griffey grew up listening to their records, watching th...
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Shalamar/Howard Hewett 2011 SoulMusic.com Interview
Phone interview recorded October 20, 2011 The ‘70s & ‘80s group SHALAMAR has reunited with lead singer Howard Hewett, group co-founder Jeffrey D...
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Shalamar 1979 Interview
Interview conducted in person at the offices of Solar Records in Los Angeles, October 1979 JEFFREY Daniel, Jody Watley and Howard Hewett have quite...
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Shalamar - Unsung
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