Dick Clark interviews Soul Train Gang on American Bandstand
In the early 1970s, the dancers on Don Cornelius’ hit television program Soul Train were called the Soul Train Gang. But they became the Soul Train Dancers in 1975, when Cornelius and Dick Griffeyco-founded Soul Train Records (later Solar Records), home to Lakeside, Shalamar, the Whispers and others—and decided to name an R&B vocal quintet The Soul Train Gang. Consisting of two brothers’ from Cincinnati, Ohio; Gerald Brown & Terry Brown; Judy Jones, Patricia Williamson (replaced by Denise Smith in 1976) and Hollis Pippin, the Soul Train Gang recorded its debut album, Don Cornelius Presents the Soul Train Gang, in 1975. Produced by Cornelius and Griffey, the LP included “Soul Train ’75,” one of the many themes from Soul Train. (The previous theme had previously been MFSB’s famous “TSOP” on Philadelphia International.)
The group recorded its second album, The Soul Train Gang, produced by Norman Harris and done largely in Philadelphia, in 1976. Not surprisingly, Cornelius and Griffey hoped they could use Soul Train’s popularity to make the Soul Train Gang a hit. But while both albums were decent examples of ’70s soul and funk, neither made them a big name in the R&B world. Get Your Classic Collectors Copies Today or Listen online@the Link Below.
After the Gang disgrouped in 1977, Brown went on to join Shalamar the following year, replacing original member Gary Mumford. Brown appeared on Shalamar’s second album, Shalamar Disco Gardens, and the hit single “Take That to the Bank” before being replaced by Howard Hewett in 1979. Shalamar (/ˈʃæləmɑːr/) is an American R&B and soul music vocal group, active in the mid-1970s and throughout the 1980s, that was originally a disco-driven vehicle created by Soul Train booking agent Dick Griffey and show creator and producer Don Cornelius. They went on to be an influential dance trio, masterminded by Cornelius. As noted in the British Hit Singles & Albums, they were regarded as fashion icons and trend setters, and helped to introduce “body-popping” to the United Kingdom. Their collective name, “Shalamar”, was picked by Griffey. Their first hit was Uptown Festival (1977), released on Soul Train Records. Its 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. Gerald Brown took over the spot vacated by Mumford for the group’s second album, Disco Gardens (1978), which featured the hit “Take That To The Bank“. The second album by American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1978 on the SOLAR label. It features the line-up of Gerald Brown, Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley, and was the only Shalamar album on which Brown appeared.
Disco Gardens was less successful than Shalamar’s debut Uptown Festival, peaking at #52 on the R&B chart and #171 on the Billboard chart. It contains early indications of what was to become the distinctive “SOLAR sound”, most notably on the single release “Take That to the Bank” which was a UK Top 20 hit in early 1979.
After conflicts over lack of payment from Griffey and SOLAR (short for Sound of Los Angeles Records), Brown left the group. Howard Hewett replaced Brown in 1979. The group was joined up with producer Leon Sylvers III in 1979, Get Your Collectors Copy of the beginning of The Legacy. Click The Link Below For More.
American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1979 on the SOLAR label. Big Fun was produced by Leon Sylvers III and is the first album to feature what is considered the ‘classic’ Shalamar line-up (Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewett and Jody Watley), with Hewett having replaced Gerald Brown. The album features the group’s biggest hit single, “The Second Time Around”. Another Shalamar featuring Gerald Brown video has been pulled from the closet .The ” We got together showed each other there’s another world ” and ” holdin you close seems lady luck has smiled on me this night ” lyrics have a distinguishable style used repeatedly by the group ; even after Gerald’s departure .
Gerald Brown Continued his work showcasing the Showmanship & Vocal Talents that propelled The Brothers Browns to Soul Train and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. View Same of the Works of this Hidden Legend in the Link Below.
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