Shalamar is an American disco-funk group formed in the 70s by Gary Mumford, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel.
Their first hit was “Uptown festival”, a Motown medley recorded at Ike & Tina Turner’s studio Bolic Sound in 1976.
The next two records by Shalamar, “Disco gardens” and “Big fun”, saw a change of line-up. The arrival of Howard Hewett with Watley and Daniel was the most successful line-up.
Between 1982 and 1983, the band scored several British hits including “A night to remember”, “There it is” and “Dead giveaway”.
In those years, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel left the group for solo careers and were replaced by Delisa Davis and Micki Free.
Shalamar would go on the find continued success with the songs “Dancing in the sheets” and “Don’t get stopped in Beverly Hills”. The latter they won a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album for “Beverly Hills Cop” movie.
Two albums, 1987’s “Circumstantial evidence” and 1990’s “Wake up”, were both released without much success.
There were some reunions over the years. Still quite popular in U.K, they continue to perform at well-attended concerts.
The current line-up features original members Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel alongside with Carolyn Griffey, daughter of Solar Records Founder Dick Griffey.
In 2019, Shalamar released a new cd “Gold – The Greatest Hits”.