“MORE THAN 33 YEARS of FUNK…”
Cameo has topped the R&B charts for more than a decade , sold more than 17 million albums; and is one of the most popular Funk/ Rock and Soul bands of its era !
Line-ups change, styles evolve, and record labels merge, but Cameo has maintained its core funkiness for nearly four decades. Cameo has permanently marked major turning points in music and set the standard that many have tried to duplicate and follow.
CAMEO’s creator and producer; Larry Blackmon, along with founding member Tomi Jenkins are once again ready to challenge the way the world listens to music!
The New York City-based band, led by drummer Larry Blackmon, debuted with a single called "Find My Way" on Chocolate City Records. Larry Blackmon has been synonymous with CAMEO since the beginning of his career in the music industry, growing up in New York City, and digesting the sounds of the city streets.
A sought-after writer/producer/director/ musician; Blackmon has produced projects for several outstanding and chart topping artists including: Bobby Brown, Chaka Kahn, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and 8 Ball & MJG, just to name a few. Many artists have paid respect through the replication of CAMEO’s unique funk-filled sounds.A multitude of recording artists and filmmakers have re-created and/or used original recorded versions of their favorite CAMEO music and songs in projects/films being played today. These artists include TuPac, Boys II Men, Will Smith, 8-Ball& MJG, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, KORN, just to name a few.
Between 1980 and 1985, the group released 7 LP’s - Scoring Top 10 Black Music hits with their singles - CAMEOSIS, FEEL ME , KNIGHTS OF THE SOUND TABLE, ALLIGATOR WOMAN, STYLE, SHE’S STRANGE & SINGLE LIFE.
CAMEO’S worldwide breakthrough with the WORD UP- LP shook things up in 1986! This platinum-selling album was an international smash! The album was Grammy nominated for the “Record of the Year.”And after opening the show with a rousing performance at the “1st Annual- 1987 Soul Train Music Awards”, CAMEO took home two awards that night:
From the seventies through today, CAMEO has been churning out trailblazing hits. The group’s pivotal sounds are a part of Music History!