Sly Fox (band)
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New York City, United States
|Genres||Dance-pop, new wave|
|Labels||Capitol Records (1985–1988)|
|Past members||Gary "Mudbone" Cooper|
Sly Fox was a short-lived American pop duo, consisting of Gary "Mudbone" Cooper and Michael Camacho. The duo came to prominence in the mid 1980s with their UK/U.S. Top 10 hit single "Let's Go All the Way". They released one studio album of the same name which charted within the U.S. Top 40, and a couple of subsequent singles before breaking up in 1988.
The duo was assembled by producer Ted Currier, and presented as wholesome, clean-living teen idols. Cooper, a funk session musician, had previously been a vocalist with Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy's Rubber Band. Camacho was a protégé of David Bowie. The group's touring band included Cooper's former Rubber Band bandmates Frank "Kash" Waddy (drums), Joel "Razor Sharp" Johnson (keyboards), and Flip Cornett (guitar/bass), along with Troy Tipton (guitar), Greg Seay, and current Zapp keyboardist, Greg Jackson.
Their sole album, Let's Go All the Way, was released on Capitol Records in December, 1985. The eponymous track became a Top 10 hit in both the US and UK in 1986. The follow-up singles “Como Tu Te Llama”, "Stay True", and "Don't Play with Fire", did not perform as well and sold poorly. The group disbanded in 1988.
In 1989, Sly Fox reformed briefly in Cincinnati, Ohio. With a demo budget from Bill Laswell, the duo recorded four songs, including Cooper’s “There’s No Place Like Home”. The recording sessions included musicians James Ibold (guitars), Chris Sherman (bass), Casey McKeown (keyboard) and Johnny Miracle (drums). Previously unsettled artistic differences arose between the duo, and they abruptly separated again. Cooper returning to tour with George Clinton, while Camacho headed to Los Angeles, California to focus on a film career.
Since the dissolution of the group, Cooper has remained involved in the music industry. His most recent album, 2006's Fresh Mud, was a collaboration with Dave Stewart that combined blues and rap. Camacho has concentrated on acting, directing, and singing. He released a solo album, Just For You, in 2007. He is also a proprietor of a well-known jazz lounge and bar in New York City and has started a funk band called The Funky Foxes.
- "Let's Go All the Way" (1986) - Canadian RPM Top Singles #1, US Billboard Hot 100 #7; UK #3
- "Como Tu Te Llama" (1986)
- "Stay True" (1986) US #94
- "Don't Play with Fire" (1986)
- Bad Boy Troy at Key West Lounge @YouTube.com Retrieved 1-29-2017.
- Troy Tipton @dirtyriverband.com Retrieved 1-29-2017.
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