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Shalamar Friends 35th Aniversary
Sunday, November 12th, 2017
The Engine Shed
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Shalamar are pleased to announce a huge UK tour from October through to December 2017 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the bestselling "Friends" album. With 21 dates already scheduled, this will be the largest tour that Shalamar will have undertaken since the 1980's. A new single "The Real Thing" will add spice and be the group’s first release in over 30 years to feature Howard and Jeffrey and the first with Carolyn. The single is produced by Leon Sylvers III – the original producer for Shalamar and the man attributed to creating the “Sound Of Los Angeles”. “Friends”, the platinum-selling album, featured four top twenty hit singles - “A Night To Remember”, “Friends”, “There It Is” and “I Can Make You Feel Good”. The album gained impetus from the legendary Top of the Pops performances by Jeffrey Daniel who demonstrated the first moonwalk on European TV screens. Shalamar are regarded as one of the most influential bands of their time, injecting their unique style, energy and passion into sounds that have commanded dance floors the world over. “Friends” is the album that helped to cement their place in musical history. 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”. With 25 million record sales under their belts, Howard and Jeffrey, along with the newest member Carolyn Griffey drive audiences crazy with a dynamic blend of funky feel good music. Shalamar are fronted by 3 dynamic individuals: 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. JD 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. A legendary performer and style icon. 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 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). Time 7pm Entry All Ages Welcome (Under 14 accompanied by adult)Price from £27.50