Jody Watley – Don’t You Want Me – Playin’ on FNJ

Written by on May 28, 2016


A former Soul Train Dancer and member of Los Angeles base Group Shalamar. Jody was a trend setter and very talented singer dancer. The group Shalamar whose collective name was picked by Carolyn Griffey also inspired Michael Jackson and his famous signature moon walk.

Shalamars success 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.

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” (1979).

In the UK, the group had a string of hits with songs such as “Take That To The Bank” (1978), “I Owe You One” (1980), and songs from the Friends (1982) album: “I Can Make You Feel Good” (1982), “A Night To Remember“, “There It Is”, and the title track “Friends”. The album, which crossed the genres of pop, disco, and soul, was also a big seller in the UK in 1982.

The “classic” lineup of Shalamar (Hewett, Watley, and Daniel) scored a total of three gold albums in the US with Big Fun (1979), Three for Love (1980) – which eventually went platinum.

In 1996, Watley rejoined with Hewett and Daniel, plus LL Cool J, on Babyface‘s million-selling single “This Is for the Lover in You“; a cover of a hit single from Shalamar’s album Three for Love (1980).[1][7] A music video was shot in which the three former members of Shalamar were digitally reunited on screen.[8] Hewett, Watley, and Daniel subsequently joined Babyface and LL Cool J to perform the song on the UK’s Top of the Pops in 1996. They are credited on this single release under their individual names; however, it marked the classic trio’s first and only live performance together since 1983.

Shalamar. (2016, May 1). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 05:33, May 28, 2016, from




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