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


BVL1-2289 Shalamar Uptown Festival (Album) Soul Train BVL1-2289 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
FL-12895 Shalamar Disco Gardens (Album) Solar FL-12895 Spain 1978 Sell This Version
BXL1-3479 Shalamar Big Fun (Album) Solar BXL1-3479 Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
XL 13577 Shalamar Three For Love (Album) Solar XL 13577 France 1980 Sell This Version
LPVS - 2023 Shalamar Go For It (Album) Solar LPVS - 2023 Venezuela 1981 Sell This Version
SC-28 Shalamar Friends (Album) Solar SC-28 US 1982 Sell This Version
96-0239-1 Shalamar The Look (Album) Solar, Solar 96-0239-1 Sweden 1983 Sell This Version
60385-1 Shalamar Heartbreak (Album) Solar, Vogue 60385-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
INT 846.011 Shalamar Circumstantial Evidence (Album) Solar INT 846.011 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
ZK 75315 Shalamar Wake Up (Album) Solar ZK 75315 US 1990 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FB 0885 Shalamar Uptown Festival (Single, Maxi) Soul Train FB 0885 Spain 1977 Sell This Version
FB 1045 Shalamar Ooh Baby Baby / You Know RCA Victor FB 1045 France 1977 Sell This Version
05(2541)00011 Shalamar Tossing, Turning And Swinging / Take That To The Bank (Maxi) RCA Victor 05(2541)00011 Colombia 1978 Sell This Version
DDC 006 Shalamar Take That To The Bank (Single) Solar DDC 006 UK 1978 Sell This Version
YB-11542 Shalamar Stay Close To Love Solar YB-11542 US 1978 Sell This Version
SO12 - 11 Shalamar I Owe You One (Single) Solar SO12 - 11 UK 1979 Sell This Version
FB 1709 Shalamar The Second Time Around (Single, Maxi) Solar FB 1709 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
SO-2 Shalamar Right In The Socket (Single) Solar SO-2 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SOT 21 Shalamar Work It Out (Single) Solar SOT 21 UK 1980 Sell This Version
FB 2152 Shalamar Full Of Fire (Single) Solar FB 2152 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
SO 17, FB 2192 Shalamar Make That Move (Single) Solar SO 17, FB 2192 UK 1980 Sell This Version
JH-12250 Shalamar This Is For The Lover In You Solar JH-12250 US 1980 Sell This Version
SOLIVE 1 Shalamar / Dynasty Shalamar / Dynasty - I Owe You One / I've Just Begun To Love You(12", Promo) Solar SOLIVE 1 UK 1980 Sell This Version
FB-2152 Shalamar Full Of Fire (Lleno De Fuego)(7", Single) RCA FB-2152 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
K 13194, EF-90473 Shalamar There It Is (Single) Solar, Solar K 13194, EF-90473 UK 1981 Sell This Version

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October 17, 2015
edited 7 months ago
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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