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.
This week on ClubMax we feature tunes from Janet Jackson, Secret Ties, Black Blood, KC & The Sunshine Band, Katy Perry, New Order, Duran Duran, Karen Young, Shalamar, Mark Ronson, First Choice and more . . .
Its “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” where you’ll hear: Shalamar, the Isley Brothers, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, Kool & the Gang, Al Jarreau, Patti LaBelle, Toto, Deniece Williams, Barry & Glodean White and a host of other artists. It begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. With all the cold and inclement weather sweeping the country, let’s warm up with some “Sweet Soul Music” later this evening with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” which you can access at: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsp2listen.html
“Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” comes your way this Sunday afternoon with music from: Shalamar, the Crown Heights Affair, Luther Vandross, Atlantic Starr, Larry Graham, Sade, New Edition, Vesta Williams, Regina Belle & Peabo Bryson, Phoebe Snow, Lakeside and others. It kicks off at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT & 2PM PT and it is immediately followed at 7PM eastern time by an encore of last evening’s “Great Soul Performances” if you missed it, or want to hear it again. So join me for four hours of “Sweet Soul Music” this Sunday afternoon, on the best radio station on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.Com.
The 4th of July weekend continues, and later this afternoon I’ll be joining you for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” with music from: Shalamar, Force MD’S, Al B. Sure!, Gregory Abbott, AWB, Deniece Williams, Regina Belle, Richard “Dimples” Fields, The Gap Band, Michael Jackson and many others. The get-together starts at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT and 2PM PT. I think you’ll enjoy it. BTW, next Saturday, July 12th on the original “G.S.P.,” the whole show will be dedicated to the late Bobby Womack. You’ll Bobby’s solo hits, his collaborations, his early forays into the recording studio with his mentor Sam Cooke, cutting tracks with the Womack Brothers, a/k/a the Valentinos and even Bobby “live in concert.” I think he deserves this tribute. Bobby Womack was a giant in our business. So jot it down and check it out next Saturday. But in the mean-time, and the in-between-time, it’s “G.S.P. 2: The 80’s” this afternoon at the home of the hits, RadioMaxMusic.com Look for encore on the Program schedule and soon available on the RadioMax Podcast page.
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)