The Second Time Around (Shalamar song)

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"The Second Time Around"
Single by Shalamar
from the album Big Fun
Released October 12, 1979
Format 7" single
Recorded 1979
Genre Disco
Label SOLAR Records
Writer(s) Leon Sylvers III, William Shelby
Producer(s) Leon Sylvers III

"The Second Time Around" is a 1979 hit by Los Angeles-based R&B group, Shalamar. The song is the first single from their album, Big Fun. The single went to number one on the soul chart and was their most successful hit on the Hot 100 pop chart, reaching number eight in early 1980.[1] "The Second Time Around" also went to number one on the disco/dance chart in January 1980.[2] The song was produced by Leon Sylvers III, who cowrote the song with William Shelby.[3]

In 1980, the band made a promotion of "The Second Time Around" for the radio station KJR in Seattle, called "The Sonics Came to Play," dedicated to the Seattle SuperSonics who had won the NBA Championship the previous year.


Missy Elliott interpolated it in her song "Is This Our Last Time?" from her This Is Not a Test! album.


Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1
U.S. Billboard US Dance 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 520. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 231. 
  3. ^ White, Adam; Bronson, Fred (1993). The Billboard Book of Number One Rhythm & Blues Hits. Billboard Books:Watson-Guptill Publications, New York. p. 267. 

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Preceded by
"Deputy of Love" by Don Armando's Second Avenue Rhumba Band
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
January 5, 1980
Succeeded by
"Vertigo"/"Relight My Fire"/"Free Ride" by Dan Hartman
Preceded by
"Rock With You" by Michael Jackson
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
February 16, 1980
Succeeded by
"Special Lady" by Ray, Goodman & Brown