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Cameo is a funk, R&B and dance group, best known for the 1986 hit "Word Up!". Their lead singer is Larry Blackmon. Image File history File links Cameo-defcoll. ... Image File history File links Cameo-defcoll. ... Funk music was originated by African Americans, e. ... Rhythm and blues (aka R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences — first performed by African American artists. ... Dance music is a style of popular music commonly played in dance music nightclubs, radio stations and shows and raves. ... See also: 1985 in music, other events of 1986, 1987 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // January 23 - The first induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis... Word Up! is a 1986 album by Cameo. ...

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History

Formed in 1974, Cameo started out as a 13-member group created by former Juilliard student and New York-area clubgoer Larry Blackmon, called the New York City Players. Signed by Casablanca Records to their Chocolate City imprint in 1976, the group soon changed its name to Cameo. Cameo started with a deep, funky sound, but it was obvious from the start that their sights were set on the dance floors. Their first albums Cardiac Arrest, Ugly Ego, We All Know Who We Are and Secret Omen contained dance floor songs such as "Rigor Mortis", "I Just Want To Be" and "Find My Way," the latter which was a major disco smash and was included on the soundtrack to Thank God It's Friday. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The Juilliard School is a performing arts conservatory in New York City, informally but definitively identified as simply Juilliard, and most famous for its musically-trained alumni. ... Nickname: Big Apple; City that never Sleeps; Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... This article is about Casablanca, the record label. ... Chocolate City is the name of a 1975 album by Parliament. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Funk music was originated by African Americans, e. ... Ugly Ego is the third album by the funk/R&B bandCameo, released in 1978. ... We All Know Who We Are is the second album by the funk/R&B bandCameo, released early in 1978. ... Secret Omen is the fourth album by the funk/R&B bandCameo, released in 1979. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Thank God Its Friday is a 1978 film directed by Robert Klane. ...


By the time Cameosis came out in 1980 Cameo had gained considerable momentum through singles such as "Shake Your Pants". Albums such as 1981's Knights of the Sound Table and 1982's Alligator Woman saw the band playing up their eclectic style. Cameosis is the fifth album by the funk/R&B bandCameo, released in April, 1980. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Shake Your Pants is a funk song by the band Cameo from the 1980 album, Cameosis. ... See also: 1980 in music, other events of 1981, 1982 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // [edit] Events January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February... Knights of the Sound Table is the seventh album by the funk/R&B band Cameo, released in 1981. ... // [edit] Events January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... Alligator Woman is the eighth album by the funk/R&B band Cameo, released in 1982. ...


However, by the time the mid-1980s approached, Larry Blackmon and crew were ready to move on. Cameo stripped down to a quartet that included Blackmon, Tomi Jenkins, Nathan Leftenant, and Charles Singleton (who left the group after She's Strange). Inspired by the edgy synthesizer arrangements being pushed forward by the new wave groups of the time, Blackmon moved the band into a hard-core "electronic funk" direction, utilising the new technology becoming available in the recording studios. He put his trademark "Ooow!" into the forefront of Cameo's mixes and markedly changed their sound. Shes Strange is the tenth album by the funk/R&B band Cameo, released in 1984. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


1983's Style was the first disc to capitalize on Cameo's new sound. She's Strange came out in 1984 and its "12-inch mix" was a major smash in the R&B clubs. The title track and its follow-up "Talkin' Out the Side of Your Neck" were minor successes on the pop charts. 1985's Single Life was also an R&B hit that saw some crossover success. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Style is the ninth album by the funk/R&B band Cameo, released in 1983. ... Shes Strange is the tenth album by the funk/R&B band Cameo, released in 1984. ... See also: 1983 in music, other events of 1984, 1985 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // [edit] Events January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Single Life is a 1985 album by funk/R&B group Cameo. ...


"Word Up!" hit radio airwaves in mid-1986 and instantly became one of the biggest pop songs of the year. Critically acclaimed with large amounts of club and radio airtime, the resulting album Word Up! turned Cameo into superstars. The follow-up tracks "Candy" and "Back and Forth" were also huge hits for the funk trio. By the end of 1986 "Word Up!" seemed to be everywhere: radio, clubs, MTV, Coca-Cola commercials, and even in people's conversations as it became a national catch phrase. Some music critics have hailed "Word Up!" as the defining song of the 1980s. Word Up! is a 1986 album by Cameo. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Candy is a song by the group Cameo that reached number 1 on the R&B charts in 1987. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... A music critic is someone who reviews music, songs and albums, and writes about them. ... // International trends Post-punk artists like Joy Division (Closer) and U2 (Boy) achieve some popularity with influential releases; they are accompanied by popular punk and New Wave releases from Devo (Freedom of Choice), Talking Heads (Remain in Light), The Pretenders (Pretenders), The Clash (London Calling) and The Jam (Sound Affects. ...


Cameo had become one of the most well-known bands in the world, but the touring and fame that came from Word Up! took its toll. The group became overexposed, and needed to take some time before releasing its follow-up. Two years later Cameo would release Machismo to lukewarm pop response but favorable critical reviews and R&B success. 1991's Emotional Violence also did well critically, but didn't contain the "smash-hit" radio singles that Word Up had. 1994's In the Face of Funk album contained an excellent cover of Slave's "Slide" that got some club play, but for the most part, Cameo's reign was over. Machismo is funk/R&B group Cameos the 1988 followup to their smash album Word Up!. The album featured R&B hits You Make Me Work and Skin Im In, both of which have been issued on various compilation albums. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Emotional Violence is a 1991 album by funk/R&B group Cameo. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... In the Face of Funk is 1994 album by funk/R&B group Cameo. ... Arguably the hottest of the 70s Ohio funk bands, Slave had a great run in the late 70s and early 80s. ...


Of course, nothing could top the phenomenon of the Word Up! period, and Cameo has kept this all in perspective. Instead of infighting or collapse - which many bands experience after falling from superstardom - Cameo has stuck together. The trio has continued to tour the globe to this day. Super Star (سوبر ستار) is an Arabic television show based on the popular British show Pop Idol & developed by Fremantle Media. ...


In October 2004 Candy appeared in popular videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on Funk radio station Bounce FM. A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... Funk music was originated by African Americans, e. ... The soundtrack of the computer and video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which is set in 1992 at the West Coast state of San Andreas, required that the games radio stations reflect the music tastes of the time and area, in addition to covering current events in the...


Covers and samples

Metal band KoЯn covers Cameo's "Word Up" on their Greatest Hits, Volume 1 album. Scottish Rock Band Gun also covered "Word Up" in a more rock-oriented style, and a version by Melanie B (aka Scary Spice) was featured on the soundtrack of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. "Candy" is sampled by Tupac Shakur in his song "All About You", Mariah Carey in her song "Loverboy", and Will Smith in his song "Candy". Nate Dogg sampled "She's Strange" for his own song with the same title. Korn (sometimes typeset as KoЯn to fit their logo) is a nu metal band from Bakersfield, California. ... Greatest Hits Vol. ... Gun were a moderately successful rock band from Glasgow, Scotland, most well known for their cover of Word Up!, originally by Cameo. ... Melanie Janine Brown (born May 29, 1975 in Leeds, West Yorkshire) (aka Melanie B) is an English pop singer best known as one of the members of the girl band the Spice Girls, one of the most successful bands of all time. ... Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me is the second film in the Austin Powers series started with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and continued in Austin Powers in Goldmember. ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rap artist, actor, and poet. ... Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969) is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. ... Loverboy is a song written and produced by American singer Mariah Carey for her tenth album, Glitter. ... Willard Christopher Smith, Jr. ... Nathaniel Dwayne Hale (born August 19, 1969), commonly known by stage name Nate Dogg, is an American hip-hop artist born in Long Beach, California. ...


Cameo discography

Year Album Label
1977 Cardiac Arrest Chocolate City
1977 We All Know Who We Are Chocolate City
1978 Ugly Ego Chocolate City
1979 Secret Omen Chocolate City
1980 Cameosis Casablanca
1980 Feel Me Casablanca
1981 Knights of the Sound Table Casablanca
1982 Alligator Woman Casablanca
1983 Style Casablanca
1984 She's Strange Casablanca
1985 Single Life Casablanca
1986 Word Up! Casablanca
1988 Machismo Atlanta Artists
1990 Real Men... Wear Black Polygram Records
1992 Emotional Violence Reprise Records
1992 Shake Your Pants Polygram Records
1993 The Best of Cameo Mercury
1994 In the Face of Funk Way Too Funky
1996 The Best of Cameo, Volume 2 Mercury
1996 Nasty Intersound Records
1998 Best of Cameo Universal Records
1998 Live: Word Up Universal Records
1998 The Ballads Collection Polygram Records
1998 Greatest Hits Polygram Records
1999 12" Collection and More Mercury
2000 Sexy Sweet Thing Crash Records
2001 The Hits Collection Universal Records
2001 The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cameo Mercury
2002 Anthology Mercury
2003 Original Artist Hit List Intersound Records
2003 Classic Cameo Mercury
2004 The Best of Cameo Collectables Records
2005 Gold Mercury
2006 The Definitive Collection Mercury

For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... We All Know Who We Are is the second album by the funk/R&B bandCameo, released early in 1978. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Ugly Ego is the third album by the funk/R&B bandCameo, released in 1978. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Secret Omen is the fourth album by the funk/R&B bandCameo, released in 1979. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Cameosis is the fifth album by the funk/R&B bandCameo, released in April, 1980. ... This article is about Casablanca, the record label. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Feel Me is the sixth album by the funk/R&B band Cameo, released in October, 1980. ... This article is about Casablanca, the record label. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Knights of the Sound Table is the seventh album by the funk/R&B band Cameo, released in 1981. ... This article is about Casablanca, the record label. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alligator Woman is the eighth album by the funk/R&B band Cameo, released in 1982. ... This article is about Casablanca, the record label. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Style is the ninth album by the funk/R&B band Cameo, released in 1983. ... This article is about Casablanca, the record label. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shes Strange is the tenth album by the funk/R&B band Cameo, released in 1984. ... This article is about Casablanca, the record label. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Single Life is a 1985 album by funk/R&B group Cameo. ... This article is about Casablanca, the record label. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Word Up! is a 1986 album by Cameo. ... This article is about Casablanca, the record label. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Machismo is funk/R&B group Cameos the 1988 followup to their smash album Word Up!. The album featured R&B hits You Make Me Work and Skin Im In, both of which have been issued on various compilation albums. ... This article is about the year. ... Real Men. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Emotional Violence is a 1991 album by funk/R&B group Cameo. ... Reprise Records is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group, operated through Warner Bros. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Shake Your Pants is the first compilation album album by funk/R&B group Cameo. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The Best of Cameo is a greatest hits album by released by funk/R&B group Cameo in 1993. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... In the Face of Funk is 1994 album by funk/R&B group Cameo. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The Best of Cameo, Volume 2 is a followup greatest hits album released by funk/R&B group Cameo in 1996. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Nasty is a live album released by funk/R&B group Cameo in 1996. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Best of Cameo is a compilation album released by funk/R&B group Cameo in 1998. ... Universal Records was founded in 1996, when Universal Music was created following the purchase of MCA Records by Seagram in 1996. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Universal Records was founded in 1996, when Universal Music was created following the purchase of MCA Records by Seagram in 1996. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Ballads Collection is a compilation album released by funk/R&B group Cameo in 1998. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Greatest Hits is compilation album released by funk/R&B group Cameo. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... 12 Collection and More is compilation album released by funk/R&B group Cameo in 1999. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Sexy Sweet Thing is an album released by funk/R&B group Cameo in 2000. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The Hits Collection is compilation album released by funk/R&B group Cameo as a German import in 2000. ... Universal Records was founded in 1996, when Universal Music was created following the purchase of MCA Records by Seagram in 1996. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Anthology is a 2-disc greatest hits album by released by funk/R&B group Cameo in 2002. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Original Artist Hit List is a live album released by funk/R&B group Cameo in 2003. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Classic Cameo is compilation album released by funk/R&B group Cameo in Europe in 2003. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Best of Cameo is a compilation album released by funk/R&B group Cameo in 1998. ... Collectables Records was founded in the early 1980s by Jerry Greene, who had previously been associated with Lost Nite Records and both New Yorks Times Square Record Shop and Philadelphias Record Museum record store chains. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gold is a 2-disc greatest hits album by released by funk/R&B group Cameo in 2005. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Definitive Collection is a greatest hits album by released by funk/R&B group Cameo in 2006. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ...

Trivia

SNL performer Tracy Morgan parodied Cameo (mainly lead singer Blackmon) in the March 10, 2001 episode of the show, with host Conan O'Brien as Right Said Fred, as both were appearing before Congress to discuss the file sharing/Napster issue. Morgan repeatedly says "Word Up!" whenever talked to. SNL could mean: Saturday Night Live Scots National League This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Right Said Fred is the name of a British pop/rock band, which was founded in 1989 by brothers Richard Fairbrass and Fred Fairbrass from East Grinstead. ...


See also

Billboards Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart is a weekly national survey of popular songs in U.S. dance clubs. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. ...

Notable songs

Rigor Mortis is a song by the band Cameo. ... Shake Your Pants is a funk song by the band Cameo from the 1980 album, Cameosis. ... Word Up! is a 1986 album by Cameo. ... Candy is a song by the group Cameo that reached number 1 on the R&B charts in 1987. ...

External links

  • Cameo at soulandfunkmusic.com
  • Cameo at the All Music Guide
  • Electro & Funk Links to Cameo Musik Videos

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ROCK: THE CAMEO BAND - New York Times (364 words)
But Cameo's current album, ''Word Up,'' is a multimillion-selling hit, and in Cameo's two shows Sunday the group was a 13-man band.
Cameo's music is a canny assemblage of ideas associated with other bands, especially the synthesizer-driven funk of Parliament-Funkadelic and the smooth ballads of Earth, Wind and Fire; Mr.
Blackmon, wearing fl tights and leotard and a shiny red codpiece, led the three singers in precise routines punctuated by drum salvos and flouts; the band boomed and crunched.
CD Baby: CAMEO BLUES BAND: All Play and No Work (454 words)
This is the Rockin' Roots based Blues band from the famed Hotel Isabella's Cameo Lounge, and was the breeding ground for most of the Toronto Blues scene from 1978 'till the present.
The band was in disarray after a roadie had rolled the band truck into oblivion.
By then the line-up of the band was: John Bride (guitar), Omar Tunnock (bass), Paul Armstrong (drums), Wayne Mills (tenor sax) and Ray Harrison on Hammond B3 and piano.
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