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 Daniel (b. 24th August 1957), and Gary Mumford that was replaced by 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 Daniel left the group for solo careers and were replaced by Delisa Davis and Micki Free. Howard Hewett 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 Daniel reformed Shalamar with new member Carolyn Griffey, who is the daughter of Dick Griffey and singer Carrie Lucas, and a 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 continue to tour together.

In 2015, Jody Watley acquired the trademark to the Shalamar name and began touring with new members Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. The Hewett and Daniels led reformation also continued to use the name, causing conflict between the two versions of the group.

Shalamar Discography Tracks


Shalamar Uptown Festival (Album) Soul Train US 1977 Sell This Version
Shalamar Disco Gardens (Album) Solar Spain 1978 Sell This Version
Shalamar Big Fun (Album) Solar Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
Shalamar Three For Love (Album) Solar US 1980 Sell This Version
Shalamar Go For It (Album) Solar Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Shalamar Friends (Album) Solar Germany 1982 Sell This Version
Shalamar The Look (Album) Solar, Solar Sweden 1983 Sell This Version
Shalamar Heartbreak (Album) Solar US 1984 Sell This Version
Shalamar Circumstantial Evidence (Album) Solar Germany 1987 Sell This Version
Shalamar Wake Up (Album) Solar US 1990 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Shalamar Uptown Festival (Single, Maxi) Soul Train Spain 1977 Sell This Version
Shalamar Ooh Baby Baby / You Know RCA Victor France 1977 Sell This Version
Shalamar Tossing, Turning And Swinging / Take That To The Bank (Maxi) RCA Victor Colombia 1978 Sell This Version
シャラマー* Take That To The Bank (Single) Solar Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Shalamar Stay Close To Love Solar US 1978 Sell This Version
Shalamar I Owe You One (Single) Solar UK 1979 Sell This Version
Shalamar The Second Time Around (Single, Maxi) Solar Germany 1979 Sell This Version
Shalamar Right In The Socket (Single) Solar UK 1979 Sell This Version
Shalamar Work It Out (Single) Solar UK 1980 Sell This Version
Shalamar Full Of Fire (Single) Solar Germany 1979 Sell This Version
Shalamar Make That Move (Single) Solar UK 1980 Sell This Version
Shalamar This Is For The Lover In You Solar US 1980 Sell This Version
GB-13486 The Whispers / Shalamar The Whispers / Shalamar - It's A Love Thing / Make That Move(7", Single, RE) Solar GB-13486 US 1980 Sell This Version
SOLIVE-1 Dynasty / Shalamar Dynasty / Shalamar - I've Just Begun To Love You / I Owe You One(12", Promo) Solar SOLIVE-1 UK 1980 Sell This Version
Shalamar There It Is (Single) Solar, Solar Ireland 1981 Sell This Version

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June 27, 2016
Where and when have JODY said "Never Ever?" And when has she (Jody) sued Howard and Jeffrey for the Shalamar name, a name they themselves NEVER owned? In fact, a name Dick a Griffey (a so called businessman) failed to register. You make the accusations, but where's you proof of her stating these words? Not from a periodical, but audible! I, for one, would like to HEAR these words from her mouth and not read them from your accusations! Everyone from the beginning stages of any career are considered UNKNOWNS. Chris Brown at one time was an UNKNOWN. Rihanna at one time was an UNKNOWN. Beyonce' at one time was an UNKNOWN, and so was Howard and Jeffrey UNKNOWNS at one time, but now these two UNKNOWNS- you've labeled these two men- have become KNOWN as "Shalamar Reloaded" through their latest recordings 'SLOWDANCE' and 'O.R.I.G.I.N.A.L.' And live performances, clearly the new sound for a younger generation and not a new version of its former self. It's a NEW group. NEW faces. NEW sound and style. You called such actions of protecting ones image 'first class hypocritical' but failed to mentioned Howard, Jeffrey and Baldwin were using fist class robbery tatics stealing Jody's images just to promote their failed ticket sales for theIR UK act. @professormouse, could that 'One member of the 'Classic line-up' that was swearing VERY LOUDLY on the London Bridge that they'd never perform with this "effing group ever again....or words to that effect" had been Jeffrey? After all....he was the 1st from the classic lineup to depart, making his discomfort of being a group member and being signed to Solar record an issue in all UK publications


October 17, 2015
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Jody Watley after years of saying 'Never Ever' goes & sues Howard Hewitt & Jeffrey Daniel [who WERE in the band] for the Shalamar name and allegedly 'wins' ?
I don't get it ??
Now she hires 2 total Unknowns and wheels them out as 'Shalamar Reloaded' = hmmm ???
This from a woman who managed to win a 'New Artist' award when she clearly wasn't & denies releasing records under just her first name.
When the adverts quite Clearly stated 'Formerly Of Shalamar', so if they'd been hits you woulda liked them = eh ?
I LOVED Shalamar [first band I saw live] but these action sound like those of a first class hypocrite !
Oh & V 'PC' of you guys to post pics of BOTH 'new' line-ups, I wonder what [allegedly] had one member of the 'classic' line-up swearing VERY LOUDLY on London Bridge that they'd Never perform with this 'effing group ever again...or words to that 'effect' ?

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