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Jody Watley

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... read moreJody Watley got her start in the 1970s as a dancer on the TV dance party SOUL TRAIN. From that coveted position she attracted the attention of the show's booking agent, R&B impresario Dick Griffey, who recruited her for his disco vocal group Shalamar (also the starting point for singer Howard Hewett). After a successful run with the group, Watley sought greener pastures, and, by the end of the '80s was one of the most popular R&B singers of her day, racking up several dance hits and memorable videos. Although she remained busy and productive throughout the subsequent decades (appearing in musicals as well as recording and performing), she is most often associated with the transitional era when '80s neon excess was gently giving way to the sophisticated, jazz-inflected pop of the '90s, a phenomenon that she helped to shape with her smart brand of R&B.

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