SHALAMAR Deep Dish Gossip Black Beat

Black Beat, 1983

Bulletin: By the time you read this (her we go again), still it'll be common knowledge, but it was at press time the word is that the group SHALAMAR is no more. Apparently, the differences of the three members--HOWARD HEWETT, JODY WATLEY and JEFFREY DANIELS--were simply too much to hold together. As this is printed, details on the split are still sketchy, but we can only guess that the musical ideas of Hewett and Daniel had their final clash.
Daniels is more interested in expanding into rock n Roll, and while Hewett can hang, he's far more comfortable with conventional pop/R&B. Daniels, who has been living in London for sometime now, also heads up a dance troupe (some of whom appeared in the 'Beat It' video).
Last we heard, Watley whose future seems the most questionable, was also considering moving to London. Hewett, we're told has been retained by Solar as a solo artist, while Daniels recording future is yet to be seen. It's ironic that at the time of the group's split, it was enjoying what may be their most successful album to date. This also makes the Shalamar feature of Black Beat one of the last Shalamar interviews. Curiously, Hewett's dissatisfaction could be detected even then. - By Stephanie Raye