Larry Blackmon

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Larry Blackmon
Birth nameLaurence Ernest Blackmon
Born (1956-05-24) May 24, 1956 (age 66)
New York City, New York, United States
GenresR&B, soul, funk, disco
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • arranger
Instrument(s)Vocals, bass guitar, drums, percussion
Years active1971–present
LabelsChocolate City, Atlanta Artists, Mercury, Reprise, Way 2 Funky, Raging Bull, Crash, Private I

Larry Ernest Blackmon (born May 24, 1956) is an American vocalist and musician who gained acclaim as the lead singer and founder frontman of the funk and R&B band Cameo.

Musical career[edit]

Starting the band "East Coast", Blackmon formed the "New York City Players" as a complement to the Ohio Players. Having to rename the group because of a conflict, Blackmon later called the group Cameo. Blackmon lived in Harlem and played drums on several hits for the band Black Ivory. He is the son of Lee Black, a former boxer. 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. The group Cameo appeared at Adventureland Palace, sponsored by Black Pride Inc., on April 26, 1978. Blackmon founded Atlanta-based funk quartet CA$HFLOW, which had a hit with "Mine All Mine" in 1986.

Guest appearances[edit]

Blackmon appeared as a backing vocalist on Ry Cooder's 1987 album Get Rhythm and Cyndi Lauper's 1989 album A Night to Remember. He also had co-producer credits on 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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

One of Blackmon's sons is heavily involved in the New York political scene,[2] while another son is currently involved in the hip hop music industry.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic biography
  2. ^ "Remember 'Cameo's lead singer Larry Blackmon? His son looks like him but chose different career". Amo Mama.