Shalamar - Greatest Hits Tour
special guest Gwen Dickey – the Voice of Rose Royce
Fri 7 Jun
Location: Derby Arena
Tickets: £43 - £38
Please note although this is a seated performance, customers may stand up and dance.
Running Time: 2 hours - approximate, including any interval(s).
Shalamar have not lost any of the charisma or performing power over the years and certainly pack a punch when it comes to live shows.
The Guardian – November 1982
“The hottest ticket in town at present is not for ABC, Yazoo or any other of the leading lights of the British "new pop" movement but for the Los Angeles based group Shalamar. “
The Greatest Hits Tour will be a feast of non stop “banging tunes” complemented with silky smooth ballads from the golden voice of Howard Hewett – one of the greatest singers of all time. With 18 top seventy five UK hits, 11 top forty, 4 top ten chart smashing singles and over 25 million records sold, the group are one of the most successful soul acts of all time. This will be an evening to make everyone dance, forget their worries but most importantly it’ll be “A Night to Remember”.
The group will perform their greatest hits such as “A Night To Remember“, "Take That to The Bank", "Second Time Around", "Make That Move", "Dead Giveaway", “Disappearing Act”, “Dancin’ In The Sheets”, “Over and Over”, Friends” and many more.
Shalamar were also synonymous with a huge dance craze that had never seen before in the UK & Europe. Jeffrey Daniel brought the body popping phenomenon from Los Angeles and performed the first moonwalk on European TV. This performance changed music culture forever. Jeffrey has been an inspiration to millions of people across the world including the man he mentored - Michael Jackson.
Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel – from the classic 1982 line up maintain their distinctive performances with the daughter of Solar Records Founder Dick Griffey taking the female lead vocalist slot – a role she has held since 2001, making her the longest serving female member of the group.
In 2023 Shalamar were awarded a stone on the Camden Music Walk of Fame and were Soul Act of the year at the Boisdale awards. Backed by a solid 7 piece band they are guaranteed crowd pleasers and headliners at many Summer Festivals.
Gwen Dickey is one of the finest female vocalists of her generation – she is the voice of Rose Royce who released their first single "Car Wash" in 1976. The single peaked at number one on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and sold over a million copies in United States alone. Rose Royce's debut album Car Wash was released the same year and sold over two million copies worldwide, winning a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album in 1977. The album's final single "I'm Going Down, peaked at number 70 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached number ten on the R&B singles chart. The group's second album Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom became a platinum-seller in the United States, topped the R&B albums chart, and peaked at number nine on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The album spawned three successful singles: "Do Your Dance (Part 1)", "It Makes You Feel Like Dancin'", "Ooh Boy", and "Wishing on a Star". The song became an international pop hit and garnered a certified silver certification in the United Kingdom.
In 1978, Rose Royce released their third album Rose Royce III: Strikes Again! which was certified gold in the United States. The album spawned two top-ten R&B singles: "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" and "I'm in Love (And I Love the Feeling)". In 1979, Rose Royce released their fourth album Rose Royce IV: Rainbow Connection, the final album to feature vocals with Gwen.