Shalamar’s talent was first realized after the Motown-inspired Uptown Festival, where Dick Griffey rushed to permanently replace his session singers with vocalists Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel and Howard Hewett. When Griffey created this disco-driven vehicle and hooked them up with R&B producer Leon Sylvers, they scored big with their hit "The Second Time Around." The group was on fire and had a string of UK hits that boosted sales and fans. It seemed like nothing was going to stop them until two key members left the trio over "artistic differences." The group took a knock but replaced Watley and Daniel with Delisa Davis and Micki Free. Shalamar returned to the charts with "Dancing in the Sheets" and "Don’t Get Stopped in Beverly Hills."
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