Uptown Festival is the first album credited to American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1977 on the Soul Train label. It features the original line-up of Gary Mumford, Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley (The album was in fact recorded by session singers). Uptown Festival peaked at #22 on the US R&B chart and #48 on the Billboard Albums chart.
The title track, a medley of ten Motown classics sung over a 1970s disco beat, was a hit in both the USA and the UK.
|1.||"Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo"||Norma Toney, Andre Williams||4:04|
|2.||"Beautiful Night"||Jimmy Thomas||5:20|
|3.||"Uptown Festival" ("Going to a Go-Go" / "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" / "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" / "Stop! In the Name of Love" / "It's the Same Old Song" / "The Tears of a Clown" / "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" / "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" / "Baby Love" / "He Was Really Saying Somethin'")||Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Marvin Tarplin, Pete Moore / Holland–Dozier–Holland / Stevie Wonder, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy / Holland–Dozier–Holland / Holland–Dozier–Holland / Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Hank Cosby / Holland–Dozier–Holland / Holland–Dozier–Holland, Sylvia Moy / Holland–Dozier–Holland / Norman Whitfield, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Eddie Holland||8:52|
"Uptown Festival Part 1" (US Hot 100 #25, US R&B #10, Australia #20, UK #30)
"Ooo Baby Baby" (US R&B #59)