Uptown Festival

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Uptown Festival
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 12, 1977 (1977-04-12)
StudioWally Heider Studios, The Sound Factory
GenreDisco, R&B
LabelSoul Train Records
ProducerDick Griffey, Don Cornelius, Simon Soussan
Shalamar chronology
Uptown Festival
Disco Gardens
Singles from Uptown Festival
  1. "Uptown Festival (song)"
    Released: March 1977
  2. "Ooo Baby Baby"
    Released: August 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores

Uptown Festival is the first album credited to American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1977 on the Soul Train label. The album was in fact recorded by session singers. It peaked at #22 on the US R&B chart and #48 on the Billboard Albums chart.

The title track, "Uptown Festival," was recorded at Ike & Tina Turner's Bolic Sound studio.[3] It's a medley of ten Motown classics sung over a 1970s disco beat. The single was a hit in both the US and the UK.[4]


Two singles were released from the album:

Track listing[edit]

Side two
4."High on Life"Don Cornelius3:42
5."Ooh Baby, Baby"Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore3:48
6."You Know"Don Cornelius3:59
7."Forever Came Today"Holland–Dozier–Holland5:55


Chart (1977) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 27


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Shalamar – Uptown Festival". AllMusic. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Shalamar: Uptown Festival / Disco Gardens / Big Fun". Pitchfork.
  3. ^ "Ian Dewhirst". Red Bull Music Academy.
  4. ^ a b "Uptown Festival (song by Shalamar) ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". www.musicvf.com.
  5. ^ "Ooh Baby, Baby (song by Shalamar) ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". www.musicvf.com.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 270. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.

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