Fat Larry's Band

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Fat Larry's Band
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genres Funk, R&B
Years active 1976–1987
Labels WMOT, Stax, Fantasy, Omni
Past members "Fat" Larry James
Art Capehart
Doug Jones
Jimmy Lee
Ted Cohen
Tony Middleton
Darryl Grant
Larry La Bes
Erskine Williams
Alfonso Smith
Bryan Hudson[1]

Fat Larry's Band was an American R&B/funk band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which enjoyed some commercial success in the late 1970s and early 1980s.


Formed by drummer and vocalist "Fat" Larry James (August 2, 1949 – December 5, 1987) in 1976, band members included trumpeter/flutist Art Capehart, guitarists Ted Cohen and Tony Middleton, percussionist and lead singer Darryl Grant, saxophonist Doug Jones, bassist Larry La Bes, trombonist/alto saxophonist Jimmy Lee, and keyboardist Erskine Williams.[2]

The band's biggest hits were "Act Like You Know", "Zoom", the former appearing on the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Soundtrack, and the latter reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart in October 1982. They had three other hits in the United Kingdom: "Center City", "Boogie Town" and "Looking for Love Tonight".[3]

On December 5, 1987, James died from a heart attack, at the age of 38,[4] and the band folded.

The opening drum break from "Down on the Avenue", from the band's first album, Feel It (WMOT 1976), has been sampled by many hip hop artists, including N.W.A (Straight Outta Compton), Ice-T, Jungle Brothers and Run-D.M.C. The bassline of their 1982 single Act Like You Know was prominently sampled in 1991 in the song Ring Ring Ring by American hip hop band De La Soul.




  • 1976: "Center City" #31 UK
  • 1976: "Fascination" #39 U.S. Dance
  • 1977: "Peaceful Journey" #94 U.S. R&B
  • 1979: "Boogie Town" #43 R&B
  • 1979: "Here Comes the Sun" #44 U.S. R&B, #39 U.S. Dance
  • 1979: "Lookin' for Love" #47 U.S. R&B
  • 1979: "Lookin' for Love Tonight" #46 UK
  • 1980: "Can't Keep My Hands to Myself"
  • 1980: "How Good Is Love" #78 U.S. R&B
  • 1982: "Act Like You Know" #67 U.S. R&B/Funk, #24 U.S. Dance
  • 1982: "Be My Lady"
  • 1982: "Traffic Stopper"
  • 1982: "Zoom" #2 UK, #89 U.S. R&B
  • 1983: "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" #83 UK
  • 1983: "Straight from the Heart" #88 UK
  • 1983: "Don't Let It Go to Your Head" #93 UK
  • 1986: "Nice"
  • 1986: "Sunrise Sunset"
  • 1986: "Teach Me (There Is Something About Love)"[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bryan Loren-Bryan Loren, Retrieved January 20, 2013
  2. ^ Soulfunkjazz.wordpress.com
  3. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 196. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Brainyhistory.com