Shalamar return to make you feel good


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Make it A Night to Remember with soul group Shalamar featuring Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel and Carolyn Griffey, when they return to Potters on Sunday 31st May 2020. Fresh from the eighties and still going strong, Shalamar sold over 25 million records worldwide.

Here’s some more info on the group who came up with so many catchy hits…

As Shalamar, Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel collected no less than 100 gold, silver and platinum awards. Classic hits included Friends, Make That Move, The Second Time Around, There It Is and I Owe You One. Completing the group is Carolyn Griffey, daughter of Shalamar founder Dick Griffey, the CEO of SOLAR records.

The American R&B and soul music vocal group was created by Soul Train agent Dick Griffey and the band went on to be regarded as fashion icons, introducing ‘body-popping’ to the UK. Jeffrey Daniel brought street dance to the United Kingdom – he is noted as the dance mentor for Michael Jackson and the man that taught him the moonwalk, and co-choreographed Jackson’s Bad and Smooth Criminal videos, along with Michael Jackson himself. Jeffrey first performed the dance on US TV with the Electric Boogaloos. 

Did you know? The band’s record sales in the UK increased when Daniel demonstrated his body-popping dancing skills on BBC Television’s music programme, Top of the Pops, premiering the Moonwalk on television for the first time. Michael Jackson was a fan of the group after watching him on Soul Train.

Guaranteed to Make You Feel Good, it’s time to Make That Move to seeing the feel-good American band, acknowledged as one of the best funk and soul groups of their generation, perform live. They’ve filled arenas and stadiums worldwide, and enjoyed many chart hits. Between the late 70s and early 80s they achieved success with eleven Top 40 hits singles and two Top 40 albums in the UK. Their mission is to bring energy and funk to audiences worldwide.

Jeffrey Daniel – the man who taught Michael Jackson the moonwalk and introduced body popping to Europe and the UK. Jeffrey co-choreographed and featured in the “Smooth Criminal” and “Bad” videos during a creative partnership with The King of Pop that spanned twenty years. The YouTube video below shows the first ever moonwalk in the UK in 1982. It was then known as the backslide before MJ renamed this infamous move. Jeffrey gained recognition on the US TV program Soul Train before presenting the UK version of the show – the 6.20 Soul Train. He went on to star in the original West End cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express, playing Electra. 

Howard Hewett - a Grammy award-winning artist voted one of the world's top ten soulful singers of all time. With a tremendous back catalogue of solo work to complement his Shalamar activity, Howard has also collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Anita Baker, LaToya Jackson, Stanley Clarke, Deniece Williams, Rick James, Johnny Gill, Joe Sample, Babyface, LL Cool J, and George Duke to name but a few. 

Carolyn Griffey - in addition to performing with Shalamar, Carolyn is a former member of the group Absolute and heir to the Solar Records dynasty - the Sound of Los Angeles which brought classic RnB acts onto the world stage including Shalamar, The Whispers, Dynasty, Lakeside, Midnight Star, Klymaxx, Calloway and Carrie Lucas (Carolyn’s mother). Since Carolyn came on board in 2001, the group have been able to extend their performance repertoire to those songs such as Full Of Fire which require a female presence.

Did you know? Their highest charting songs in Britain were A Night To RememberI Can Make You Feel GoodThere It Is and Dead Giveaway, all reaching the UK Top Ten.

Shalamar also perform classic songs such as Take That To The Bank, The Second Time Around, Make That Move, I Owe You One, Dead Giveaway, Right In The Socket, Full Of Fire, Sweeter As The Days Go By, Over And Over and This Is For The Lover In You when they perform live. 

Get ready for funk, disco and soul, with uplifting music and floor-stomping hits.