Shalamar is an American group created by Dick Griffey, famous agent of the TV show R&B Soul Train and Simon Soussan, producer of his state. Their first title, Motley hit medley, was released in 1977 but was only relatively successful, as the musicians were still little known at the time. It’s on Soul Train that Griffey discovers those who will later become Shalamar’s first singers : Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniels and Gerald Brown. It was with "Take that to the Bank" in 1978 and "The second time" in 1979 that sales soared. 1982 will see the exit of the planetary hit "A night to remember" which will ignite all the dancefloors of the planet and surely remains to this day their most known title. Followed in 1983 by "Dead giveaway" which in turn will delight all nightclubs in France and Navarre. Watley and Daniels left the group in 1983, replaced by Delisa Davis and Micki Free in 1984. However, these departures did not prevent Shalamar from obtaining the Grammy Award, the ultimate award, for the title "Don't Get Stopped" in the same year. 1987 will unfortunately be the year of the group’s explosion. Shalamar will undoubtedly remain one of the best disco-funk bands and amply deserves his place in the Pantheon of the Big 80’s. Discover or rediscover...
Discography (among others ...) :
70s Decade :
• Uptown festival 1977
• Ohh baby, baby 1977
• Take that to the bank 1978
• The second time around 1979
80s Decade :
• Right in the socket 1980
• I owe you one 1980
• Full of fire 1980
• Make that move 1981
• This is for the lover in you 1981
• A night to remember 1982
• I can make you feel good 1982
• There it is 1982
• Friends 1982
• Dead giveaway 1983
• Disappearing act 1983
• Over and over 1983
• Deadline U.S.A. 1984
• You can count on me 1984
• Dancing in the sheets 1984
• Amnesia 1984
• My girl loves me 1985
• Don't get stopped in Beverly Hills 1985
• Just one of the guys 1985
• Circumstantial evidence 1987
• Games 1987
• I want you (To be my playthang) 1988
90s Decade :
• Caution : this love is hot ! 1990
• Wake up 1990
• Come together 1991
2010s Decade :
• The real thing 2017
1977...the beginnings of 100 % Disco, 1000 % Disco, 10,000 % Disco. First title and already first mega hit, who would have thought that possible ? Not many people, that's for sure...
1977 ... a sequel that will not be able to compete with the huge previous steamroller as the bar has been set high but which is far from deserving, that's clear...
1978...after the big caliber Ultimate Slow, return to Disco fundamentals, their favorite domain where they ensure serious. We already feel the full potential of the group. And there are !
1979 ... in the same vein. A beautiful end of decade which allows them to establish themselves as one of the biggest Dance values of the moment...
1980 ... change of decade, change of style, change of sound. Welcome to the Funky Music Galaxy !
1980 ... as much as the previous piece straddled 2 sound periods, as much for that one, there is no photo. Now it's 100 % Funk !
1980...a group which now perfectly masters its environment and which goes on hit after hit. What talent !
1981...an obvious rise in power where we feel the beginnings of the future big hits of the 80s. And there will be a few big hits during this decade !
1981 ... after the Ultimate Slow version 70, here is their 80s version. A compulsory passage for any self-respecting International Class group...
1982 ... then this title arrives ! A HUGE Dance title that will set fire to all Dancefloor on the planet and make them definitely enter the musical legend of the 80s. MAS-TER-FUL !
1982...another title of very high caliber which confirms the incredible talent of this decidedly extraordinary group. A year 1982 which will undoubtedly remain as one of their best Vintages...
1982...a truly exceptional year which saw them at their best. The group is at the height of its possibilities and it shows, above all it can be heard !
1982 ... surely one of the best Funk sound of the moment if not the best. This song alone sums up all the special sound atmosphere of this early decade...
1983 ... new HUGE hit ! What will surely remain one of their best titles if not the best. This group is a real war machine !
1983...this title will be far from unworthy but to compete with its predecessor is almost mission impossible...
1983...a new multi-hit year that ends in style with this groovy track. Everything is going well in the best of worlds for the group and he is making the most of it !
1984...the year 1984 started off on the same basis as the previous years in terms of success. Nothing to worry about for now...
1984...a new sweet break to catch your breath after this surge of Dance hits. When you are good in all areas, you might as well alternate styles as much as possible...
1984 ... their last major hit but not the last hit. They still have a little under the pedal !
1984...another good year than this year 1984. The group succeeded in maintaining himself at the highest level without too many difficulties. Hope it lasts...
1985 ... well, this time, we are indeed close to the end. But what a career. Surely one of the most beautiful Dance discography of the whole 80's...
1985...we are getting closer to the progressive exit of the Charts but certainly not to the end at all. The group still has things to offer and especially to sing...
1985...second film soundtrack in stride. After 'Beverly Hills Cop', here they are on the soundtrack of the film 'Just one of the guys'. Unfortunately, 2 soundtracks that will go somewhat unnoticed...
1987...after a year 1986 essentially composed of covers, here they are back in this year 1987 with this time new titles. The latest hits...
1987... the group ends up freewheeling but continues the adventure no matter what. As in music everything is always possible, a miracle cannot be ruled out...
1988... no more single will be classified from this title. A little over 10 years after their debut, the group seems to be coming to the end of the adventure this time...
1990...they will still arrive at the gates of the 90s. They will try to ward off fate one last time but nothing will work, when it doesn't want to, it doesn't want to anymore...
1990...we would have liked the adventure to last a little longer but fate decided otherwise. Difficult to fight against headwinds...
1991...the last title of the decade and the last title altogether. The circle is now complete and the group is therefore preparing to bow out for good...
2017... who could have imagined that we would see them again 26 years later, not many people that's for sure ! But here they are again and we can only appreciate this unexpected musical moment...
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