Friday, August 14, 2009

Shalamar - Uptown Festival

Profile: 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.

Shalamar - Uptown Festival
Label: Soul Train Recording Co.
Catalog#: BVL1-2289
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album

Country: US
Released: 1977
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Soul, Disco
Credits: Producer - Dick Griffey (tracks: B1 to B4) , Don Cornelius (tracks: B1 to B4) , Simon Soussan (tracks: A1 to A3)
Notes: Printed in U.S.A.


A1 Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo (4:04)
A2 Beautiful Night (5:20)
A3 Uptown Festival (8:52)
B1 High On Life (3:42)
B2 Ohh Baby, Baby (3:48)
B3 You Know (3:59)
B4 Forever Came Today (5:55)

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