|Jeffrey Daniel, Jody Watley, Gerald Brown in 1978|
Shalamar became a real group with the addition of Gerald Brown for the 'Shalamar Disco Gardens' album. Mumford
had been primarily a studio singer with the first Shalamar album "Uptown Festival" being recorded by session singers.
Watley and Daniel were brought in by Don Cornelius recognizing his Shalamar concept for Soul Train Records would need charisma and marketable personalities according to archived interviews. Because of the popularity, already recognizable from the Soul Train television show and potential marketability of the dancing duo; Cornelius recalled it made perfect sense. Gerald Brown was taken from the singing group "The Soul Train Gang", the first act signed to Soul Train Records and added to Shalamar. Brown would depart after one album due to a contractual financial dispute, once the label was turned to Solar Records and taken over by Dick Griffey.