After the success of a few singles on the RCA-distributed imprint mainly those of the Soul Train GangGriffey and Cornelius decided to shut down the label as Cornelius wanted to focus his energies on the TV show, which was a monster hit in first-run syndication and required his complete attention to keep it so. Tracklist LP1 Shalamar - Uptown Fesival  Lakeside - Fantastic Voyage  Carrie Lucas - Streetcorner Symphony  Shalamar - I Owe You One  The Whispers - Headlights  LP2 Lakeside - From 9 Until  Shalamar - Make That Move  Dynasty - Groove Control  Shalamar - The Second Time Around  The Whispers - Imagination  Dynasty - Do Me Right  Shalamar - Friends  LP4 Midnight Star - Slow Jam  Klymaxx - I'd Still Say Yes  What were your favorites?
Is there a thorough box set that compiles the label's hits? I have different compilations from individual artists of the label. MotownSubdivis ion. It was the closest thing to Motown on the west coast. Don't really know much about the other acts except the Sylvers, who were well past their best by this stage, but I love me some Shalamar. Their music was sweet and melodic and yet it was funky and catchy too.
Plus it helped that Jody Watley was such a fox, Howard could sing and Jeffrey could dance his ass off and had that big ass Afro well into the 80s until he got it made into a flat top in This is the guy who taught MJ the moonwalk. The new guys in Shalamar Micki Le Petit Monsieur Triste - Edith Piaf - Histoires Damour and that other chick never lived up to the high standards set by Jody and Jeffrey.
I really miss that era and that look. A good friend of mine owns a bar and Midnight Star paid him an after concert visit in their original line-up. I still regret that I missed out on that opportunity. This album and other Solar titles is on a label called Unidisc. During the Elektra years the label logo design was changed to better match the Elektra roster profile labels.
For some reason Mr. Griffey moved distribution for his Constellation Records to MCA inwith promo 12"s released on a Lxxxx matrix and commercial and later also promo's on a MCA 2xxxx matrix. But the change of distribution allowed him to change back to the classic logo design, which he did. However, at this time the former success of the label had started to fade, Sentence Royale - Dédit Public - Savinien Cyrano De Bergerac* - Benjamin Lazar, Florence Bolton, Ben he signed another distribution deal with CBS Records inor in effect with Sony who at that point already owned CBS.
After the labels closure EMI purchased the rights to the SOLAR catalog and have re-issued much of the labels material in various recordings and compilations.
Others who used Shalamar tracks in their songs are BabyFace feat. Cool J. Gordy left the group in and was later replaced by Leaveil Degree. The success of "Seems Like Their last album for the label was - Bingo in - and it had all the, soon to become, hottest musicians and producers of the pre-Disco and Philly Disco scene writing and producing it Surprisingly the only song from the Some Kinda Lover - Collage * Midnight Star * Shalamar * The Whispers - The Solar System LP that was not written or produced by any of the above, became the group's first song to enter the 'Billboard Disco Action' charts, namely "Where There Is Love".
The track topped charts all over the globe and the group became hotter than ever. The song was of course the main track Some Kinda Lover - Collage * Midnight Star * Shalamar * The Whispers - The Solar System their self titled hit album - The Whispers. Still in they released another album called This Kind Of Lovin'from which Oscar Wilde - Monty Python - The Monty Python Instant Record Collection All On One Cassette the title track made some escapades in various charts.
They did OK with their last single from the album, the single what would actually be their last SOLAR release, a song with a title and mood that might sum up their time with the label - "No Pain, No Gain". The Whispers are still performing even if I don't know which original members remain in today's setup, but they sure have given us LOTS of wonderful music throughout their nearly half century in the business. But as they say Their Shalamar act was a pure studio concept with all session singers and musicians, but after the success of the group's first release - a Motown classics medley to a Disco beat called "Uptown Festival"followed by an equally successful LP with the same name Kassák Lajos Levele Latinovits Zoltánhoz - Latinovits Zoltán - Szentesti Előadóestje Dick and Simon realized they had to create a performing group to support the music.
The songs "Tossing, Turning And Swinging" and "Shalamar Disco Gardens" were also popular tracks off the album, even though none of them were released as singles. Gerald Brown only got to record this one album, because in he was replaced by Howard Hewett which created the most famous and popular Shalamar lineup.
This lineup was also the setting that managed to complete the group's wonderful signature vocal harmony arrangements and in Jody, Jeffrey and Howard went into the studio and recorded the Big Fun album. For this album the group contributed songs written by themselves along with label mates Dynasty and Lakeside penning a few as well. Less than 12 months later the group released their next long player, Go For It. The title track got some rotation in clubs and it's surprising that the James Ingram written "You've Got Me Running" was not released as a single, instead of "Talk To Me" which was.
It's a good track, but a far cry from their earlier chart busters. To me, this was their most complete album music wise, and in the UK they flipped the "A Night To Remember" 12" single with both a remix of that song as well as another personal favorite off the album, the Funky - "On Top Of The World".
During things happened within the group, the trio recorded the Look album that gave them another hit with "Dead Giveaway".
But 'Over and Over' was just what it was for Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniels who both left the group during the year to pursue Some Kinda Lover - Collage * Midnight Star * Shalamar * The Whispers - The Solar System careers.
The 'new' Shalamar recorded the Heartbreak album and managed to get a hit with "Dancing in the Sheets"a song also featured in the blockbuster movie Footloose starring Kevin Bacon and its accompanied soundtrack. Film music seemed to be the thing for the group about this time, as the track "Deadline USA" was included in the D. Cab motion picture soundtrack in The 12" single was remixed by another legend - John "Jellybean" Benitez. The Heartbreak album was Howard Hewett's last one with Shalamar.
In he left the group to go solo with Elektra and do some production work for other acts, including some for his wife - Nia Peeplesthe actress and singer who got her Some Kinda Lover - Collage * Midnight Star * Shalamar * The Whispers - The Solar System break starring in the TV series Fame. The album was for most parts produced by the soon-to-become very successful producer-team of Antonio "L. The album spawned the hits "Circumstantial Evidence" and "Games" and both singles and the album did OK in the charts, but still the 'best before date' had passed for the group, however they released a few more singles with "Wake Up" in being their last.
But that one couldn't 'Wake Up' their fading career and the band officially broke up in Nevertheless latest addition to the group, Sidney Justin, continued to tour with a new incarnation of Shalamar. The triumphant performance resulted in continued touring by the reincarnation for a couple of years.
They got a deal with Curtom Constantin Kotlarow - Chante En Russe after winning a Chicago talent contest. The group played all around the Tri-State area, but the big break never seemed to happen, so in the guys decided to 'Go West' - to Los Angeles. By being the house band for a local hotel, they got food and roof over their heads.
The band kept growing, and during this time the group became the nine members show band we now know as Lakeside. The group met producer Frank Wilson of Motownwho had earlier worked with both Eddie Kendricks and the Supremesand Frank managed to get them a deal with Motown. They recorded one unreleased single for Motown before Mr.
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