Shalamar ‎– I Want You (To Be My Playthang) (1988)

Shalamar is an American music group, primarily active in the 1970s and 1980s, that was originally a disco-driven vehicle created by Soul Train booking agent Dick Griffey and show creator Don Cornelius.They went on to be an influential dance trio, masterminded by Soul Train producer Don Cornelius.As noted in the British Hit Singles & Albums, they were regarded as fashion icons and trendsetters, and helped to introduce ‘body-popping’ to the United Kingdom.Their collective name ‘Shalamar’ was picked by Griffey.

In 1987 Shalamar released their ninth album, titled Circumstantial Evidence, the album was produced by L.A. Reid & Babyface, Jerry Peters, and Bernadette Cooper. Released on the SOLAR label. The line-up on this album is Delisa Davis, Micki Free and Sidney Justin, the latter having replaced Howard Hewett, who had left the group in 1986 to pursue a solo career.

Circumstantial Evidence peaked at #29 on the R&B chart but failed to register on the Billboard chart.

The single “I Want You (To Be My Playthang)” was produced and remixed by L.A.Reid & Babyface.

I Want You (To Be My Playthang) (Thanga-Ma-Jig Extended Dance Mix)                6:32

I Want You (To Be My Playthang) (The Playground Mix)                                       4:00

I Want You (To Be My Playthang) (Thanga-Ma-Jig Part 2 Dub Mix)                        4:11

I Want You (To Be My Playthang) (The Play-A-Round Acappella Mix)                    3:59

I Want You (To Be My Playthang) (The Extra Mental Instrumental Mix)                  4:10

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Shalamar – Deadline U.S.A. (1984)

Shalamar was an American music group, primarily of the 1970s and 1980s, that was originally a disco-driven vehicle created by Soul Train booking agent Dick Griffey and show creator Don Cornelius. They went on to be an influential dance trio, masterminded by Soul Train producer Don Cornelius.As noted in the British Hit Singles & Albums, they were regarded as fashion icons and trendsetters, and helped to introduce ‘body-popping’ to the United Kingdom. Their collective name ‘Shalamar’ was picked by Griffey.

The single “Deadline U.S.A” was from the “D.C. Cab Soundtrack”.

D.C. Cab is a 1983 comedy film, starring Mr. T, Max Gail, Adam Baldwin, Gary Busey and a special appearance by singer Irene Cara. The film was co-written and directed by Joel Schumacher. The R-rated comedy was controversial upon release due to Mr. T’s appeal among children, which resulted in the film being mis-marketed in many regions.

“Deadline U.S.A.” was remixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez for the 12″ single release and reached #32 on the US R&B Charts.

Deadline U.S.A.                                     5:58

Deadline U.S.A. (Dub Version)              4:50

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