Shalamar In-depth Biography
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 Daniels}, 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. Watley} and Daniels} 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. 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}. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide