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.
“A Night to Remember” 5:08
“Don’t Try to Change Me” 4:10
“Help Me” 5:10
“On Top of the World” 4:06
“I Don’t Wanna Be the Last to Know” 4:02
“Playing to Win” 4:24
“I Just Stopped By Because I Had To” 4:08
“There It Is” 4:27
“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
Shalamar is a Grammy award winning American R&B and soul music vocal group active since the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. Shalamar’s classic line-up on the SOLAR label consisted of Howard Hewett, Jody Watley, and Jeffrey Daniel. It was originally a disco-driven vehicle created by Soul Train booking agent Dick Griffey and show creator and producer Don Cornelius. They went on to be an influential dance trio, masterminded by Cornelius. As noted in the British Hit Singles & Albums, they were regarded as fashion icons and trendsetters, and helped to introduce “body-popping” to the United Kingdom. Their collective name, “Shalamar”, was picked by Griffey.
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Shalamar is an American music group, primarily active in the 1970s and 1980s, that was originally a disco-driven vehicle created by Soul Train booking agent Dick Griffey and show creator Don Cornelius. They went on to be an influential dance trio, masterminded by Soul Train producer Don Cornelius. As noted in the British Hit Singles & Albums, they were regarded as fashion icons and trendsetters, and helped to introduce ‘body-popping’ to the United Kingdom. Their collective name ‘Shalamar’ was picked by Griffey.
Their first hit was the 1977 Motown-inspired production “Uptown Festival,” and released on Soul Train Records the success of which inspired Griffey and Don Cornelius to replace session singers with popular Soul Train dancers Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel to join original Shalamar lead singer Gary Mumford. Gerald Brown would take over the spot vacated by Mumford in 1978 for the Disco Gardens album which featured the hit “Take That To The Bank”. After conflicts over lack of payment from Dick Griffey and Solar Records, Brown would leave the group. Brown was replaced by Howard Hewett in 1979.
The group was joined up with producer Leon Sylvers III in 1979, signed with Griffey’s SOLAR Records and scored a US million seller with “The Second Time Around.” (Source: Wikipedia)