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The story of Shalamar and 'Dead Giveaway'



The story of Shalamar is an interesting story in the annals of '80s music history. What are some of the tidbits about Shalamar to be revealed? You'll have to ready the post as we just can't have a Dead Giveaway?

Trivia Item No. 1 was that Shalamar was masterminded by Soul Train's Don Cornelius. Shalamar's early roster was juggled when Cornelius thought Soul Train dancers Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniels would look better as the face of Shalamar instead of its original members. After some modest hits like the Top 10 hit Second Time Around, Daniels became Trivia Item No. 2 when he might have been the first person to perform the  Moonwalk on TV. His dancing skills caught the attention of Michael Jackson and it is Daniels who taught MJ to moonwalk for his iconic performance on the Motown 25 Special in 1983. Daniels also helped choreograph MJ's Bad video.  Trivia Item No. 3 has already been revealed as Jody Watley emerged from Shalamar and became an even bigger solo artist, but she still was in Shalamar in 1983 when Dead Giveaway was a Top 40 hit.

The video for Dead Giveaway features lead singer Howard Hewett in a mystery as he scours London in search of a mysterious masked woman.  While Dead Giveaway made it to No. 22, their most remembered Top 40 single is their last one - Dancing In The Sheets,  which everybody remembers from Footloose.  However Trivia Item # 4 is that Dancing in the Streets is performed without the two most recognizable members of Shalamar as Watley and Daniels all departed before 1984.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 25, 2016 8:58am]


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