May 24, 1956 |
New York City, New York, United States
||R&B, soul, funk, disco
||Singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, actor
||Vocals, bass guitar, drums, percussion
||Chocolate City, Will Smith, Mariah Carey, Atlanta Artists, Mercury, Reprise, Way 2 Funky, Raging Bull, Crash, Private I
||Cameo, Black Ivory
Larry Ernest Blackmon (born May 24, 1956) is the lead singer and frontman for the funk and R&B band, Cameo. He came to Cameo from the band, Black Ivory.
Along with his unique vocal style, Blackmon's other personal touches included sporting an elaborate hi-top fade haircut and a codpiece over his pants. His signature "ow!" was used as the intro for some of the band's songs and was sampled in Black Box's 1990 dance hit, "Everybody Everybody".
Blackmon appeared as a backing vocalist on Cyndi Lauper's 1989 album, A Night to Remember. He also had co-producer credits for Eddie Murphy's 1989 album So Happy.
The snare drum sound that Blackmon created for "Word Up!" and "Candy" was duplicated on releases by a wide range of artists.
One of his sons is heavily involved in the New York political scene, while another son is currently involved in the hip hop music industry.