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While many funk bands went down the drain in the post-disco shift to synthesizers, Cameo soared to greater heights. Lead singer and drummer Larry Blackmon basically was the band: he wrote or co-wrote nearly all the material, produced, and led their early 80s change from horn-based to synth-based funk. His nasal vocals recall Sugarfoot Bonner, but are more mannered and uptight. (DBW)
Larry Blackmon, lead vocals, drums, bass; Greg "Doc" Johnson, keyboards; Charles Samson and Eric Durham, guitar; Nathan Leftenant, trumpet; Arnett Leftenant, sax; William Revis, bass; Tomi Jenkins, baritone vocals, and Wayne Cooper, tenor vocals. Revis left 1978, replaced by Gary Dow. Samson left 1978, replaced by Anthony Lockett. Durham left 1979. Dow left 1980, replaced by Aaron Mills. Jeryl Bright, trombone, and T.C. Campbell, keyboards, joined 1980. Charlie Singleton, keyboards, guitars, vocals, joined 1981. Mills left 1982, replaced by Michael Burnett. Lockett left, 1982. Kevin Kendrick, keyboards, joined 1983. In 1983, Johnson, Arnett Leftenant, Bright, Cooper and Campbell all left; Burnett and Kendrick remained but were not listed as band members. By 1985, Singleton was listed as a "friend" rather than a band member. In 1991, Nathan Leftenant and Burnett left, Mills returned, and Singleton and Kendrick (now Kendricks) were promoted to full band members. By 1996, Nathan Leftenant had returned, and Kendrick/Kendricks had left.
Cardiac Arrest (1977)
Two singles hit the R&B charts: "Funk Funk" peaked at #20, while "Rigor Mortis" went to #33. (DBW)
We All Know Who We Are (1978)
Ugly Ego (1978)
Secret Omen (1979)
Feel Me (1980)
Knights of the Sound Table (1981)
Alligator Woman (1982)
Single Life (1985)
Word Up! (1986)
In 1989 Blackmon contributed to Eddie Murphy's So Happy. (DBW)
Real Men Wear Black (1990)
In the Face of Funk (1994)
Sexy Sweet Thing (2000)
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