Sunday 5/8/22 2pm ET: Feature LP: Shalamar Friends (1982)

Friends is the sixth album by American R&B group Shalamar, released January 29, 1982 on the SOLAR label. The album, which features the ‘classic’ Shalamar line-up (Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewett and Jody Watley), topped the R&B chart and peaked at #35 on the Billboard chart. It has been certified Gold in the United States for sales over 500,000. It would eventually go Platinum. In the United Kingdom Friends gained impetus from a now-legendary demonstration of body-popping by Daniel during a performance of “A Night to Remember” on the BBC program Top of the Pops. It reached #6 on the UK Albums Chart and produced four top 20 singles.

  1. “A Night to Remember” 5:08
  2. “Don’t Try to Change Me” 4:10
  3. “Help Me” 5:10
  4. “On Top of the World” 4:06
  5. “I Don’t Wanna Be the Last to Know” 4:02
  6. “Friends” 5:00
  7. “Playing to Win” 4:24
  8. “I Just Stopped By Because I Had To” 4:08
  9. “There It Is” 4:27
  10. “I Can Make You Feel Good” 4:20

Howard Hewett – lead and backing vocals
Jody Watley – lead and backing vocals
Jeffrey Daniel – lead and backing vocals
Leon Sylvers III – bass, percussion, keyboards
Wardell Potts, Jr. – drums
Foster Sylvers – bass
Joey Gallo – keyboards
Kevin Spencer – keyboards
James Ingram – bass, keyboards
Ricky Sylvers – guitar
Ed Green – drums
Ernest “Pepper” Reed – guitar
Richard Randolph – guitar
Michael Nash – keyboards
William Shelby – keyboards
Wayne Milstein – percussion