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Larry Blackmon


Larry Blackmon was the innovator/drummer/maker/primary songwriter from the funk music group Cameo. Blackman’s nose funky vocals could be heard within the #1 R&B strikes “So Unusual,” “Term Up” and “Chocolate.” Blackmon was raised in Harlem inside a community that included the famous Apollo Theatre. As a kid, his aunt would consider him to find out such greats as Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke and Adam Dark brown. In his teenagers, he began playing drums within a music group. Getting into documenting session function, Blackmon performed on edges by Dark Ivory such as for example “Don’t CHANGE,” which visited #38 R&B on Billboard’s R&B graph in past due 1971. Then joined an organization called THE BRAND NEW York Town Players, who documented a disco one, “Discover My Method.” The one came to the eye of Neil Bogart, mind of Casablanca Information. “Discover My Method” was reissued on Cecil Holmes’ Chocolate Town label, a subsidiary of Casablanca. THE BRAND NEW York Town Players advanced into Cameo with Blackmon getting the band’s head. Cecil Holmes flew to NY to hear material in the music group and thought we would issue their monitor, “Rigor Mortis” as an individual. It visited amount 33 R&B, amount 103 Play early 1977. For the time being, Blackmon was acquiring classes at Julliard College Of Music and acquired a part-time work being a salesman in a clothes shop. When he noticed “Rigor Mortis” on WBLS over the store’s radio, he quit his work to create music regular. The strikes continuing: “Funk Funk” (#20 R&B, #104 Pop, fall 1977), “It’s Critical” (#21 R&B, springtime 1978) and “Insane” (#17 R&B, past due 1978). In 1983, Blackmon transferred his bottom of functions to Atlanta, GA and produced his very own label, Atlanta Performers, which was written by Polygram Information. The third solitary, “She’s Unusual,” co-written by Blackmon, Charlie Singleton, Nathan Leftenant and Tomi Jenkins, kept the #1 R&B place for a month, #47 Pop on Billboard’s graphs in springtime 1984. The She’s Unusual LP went yellow metal and in addition yielded “Talkin’ Away The Side OF THE Neck” (#21 R&B, summer season 1984) and “Hangin’ Downtown.” Their following LP, Solitary Life went yellow metal and gripped the #1 R&B place for three weeks (#58 Pop) off the effectiveness of the singles, “Assault Me TOGETHER WITH YOUR Like” (#3 R&B, springtime 1985), “Solitary Existence” (#2 R&B, summer season 1985) as well as the mellow “A Goodbye.” Solitary Existence also included the jaunting “I’ve Got Your Picture,” the cautionary ’80s-period nuclear battle themed/reggae-flavored “Harmful Toys” along with a duet ballad between Blackmon and Barbara Mitchell, previous lead vocalist of Motown work Great Inergy. In 1986, Blackmon pared down the at one-time 13-member Cameo to himself, Tomi Jenkins and Nathan Leftenant, using visitor music artists in concert and on record. Blackmon’s muse was sparkled by way of a popular hiphop expression of that time period, “phrase up.” He included rock and roll affects on what would become Cameo’s second number 1 R&B one, “Word Up.” The smash strike parked at #1 R&B for three weeks, #6 Play fall 1986. THE TERM Up LP proceeded to go platinum, locking at #1 R&B for five weeks, #8 Play fall 1986. It boasted the sugary ballad “Avoid being Depressed,” the positive “YOU COULD HAVE THE PLANET,” the funny “She’s Mine” and another number 1 R&B one, “Chocolate,” which remained at #1 R&B for 14 days, #21 Play early 1987. Its even chugging follow-up, “Backwards and forwards” visited #3 R&B, #50 Play springtime 1987. The snare drum sound that Blackmon designed for “Phrase Up” and “Chocolate” was duplicated on produces by a wide variety of performers. In springtime 2000, Cameo’s 1st album from the 21st hundred years, Sexy Lovely Thing was released.

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Full Name Larry Blackmon
Profession Actor, Singer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Music Arranger
Education Juilliard School
Nationality American
Children Kyera Dominique Blackmon, Larry Scott Blackmon
Music Groups Cameo
Music Songs Candy, Word Up!, Why Have I Lost You, She's Strange, Back and Forth, Sparkle, Attack Me With You Love, Single Life, I Just Want To Be, Talkin' Out the Side of Your Neck, Shake Your Pants, Hangin' Downtown, Don't Be Lonely, Skin I'm In, Rigor Mortis, Give Love A Chance, We're Goin' Out Tonight, Keep It Hot, Freaky Dancin', You Make Me Work, I Want It Now, It's Serious, I Never Knew, I'll Always Stay, Funk, Funk, Knights by Night, I Care For You, Slyde, Love You Anyway, Your Love Takes Me Out, I've Got Your Image, Soul Army
Albums Cameosis, Alligator Woman, Knights of the Sound Table, We All Know Who We Are, Ugly Ego, Real Men... Wear Black, Sexy Sweet Thing, In the Face of Funk, Style, Anthology, The Best of Cameo, The Definitive Collection, The Best of Cameo, Volume 2, Classic Cameo, Cameo - Greatest Hits, Best of Cameo, Word Up! The Ultimate Collection

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Young, Welsh and Pretty Skint 2015 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland 2015 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Video Game writer: "Back and Forth" - as Larry Ernest Blackmon
In a World... 2013 writer: "Word Up!" - as Lawrence Ernest Black
Franklin & Bash 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Showboaters 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Johnny English Reborn 2011 "Word Up"
Death at a Funeral 2010 writer: "Candy"
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Severance 2006 writer: "Word Up"
House M.D. 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Everybody Hates Chris 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 writer: "Word Up" 1986
Monk 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game writer: "Candy" - as Lawrence Black
One Tree Hill 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cold Case 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Party Monster 2003 writer: "Word Up"
Un paso adelante 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Scary Movie 2000 writer: "All Bout U"
Next Friday 2000 writer: "Rigor Mortis"
The Best Man 1999 writer: "Candy"
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 writer: "Word Up"
Flava 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
10 Things I Hate About You 1999 writer: "Word Up"
Get Real 1998 writer: "Word Up" - as Lawrence Blackmon
Love Jones 1997 writer: "Shake Your Pants"
Barb Wire 1996 writer: "Word Up"
Sounds of the Eighties 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
La Haine 1995 writer: "Funk Funk"
South Central 1992 writer: "Flirt"
Juice 1992 writer: "Word Up"
My Stepmother Is an Alien 1988 writer: "I Like The World"
You Can't Hurry Love 1988 writer: "WORD UP"
Disorderlies 1987 producer: "Big Money"



Born in East L.A. 1987 Slick Dude



The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove 2014 TV Movie documentary as Cameo
Most Shocking Celebrity Moments of the 80s 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hit Me, Baby, One More Time 2005 TV Series Himself
Sex with Paula 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee
The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1989 TV Series Himself
The 15th Annual American Music Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Winner
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
The 14th Annual American Music Awards 1987 TV Special Himself (as Cameo)
Top of the Pops 1985 TV Series Himself
Soul Train 1982-1985 TV Series documentary Himself / Guests / Himself - Guest

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