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Cameo is an American soul-influenced funk group that formed in the early 1970s. Cameo was initially a 13-member group known as the New York City Players; this name was later changed to Cameo to avoid a lawsuit from Ohio Players,[citation needed] another group from that era. Since then, Cameo has recorded several hit records. As of 2009, some of the original members continue to perform together, while two others were hired by the hip hop group Outkast. Influences include the humour of Rick James, Parliament-Funkadelic, contemporary funk bands like the Bar-Kays, Earth, Wind and Fire, Ohio Players, The Isley Brothers etc. and singers like Marvin Gaye, Billy Paul, Prince, Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder and Bootsy Collins.. In 1974, Cameo started out with 10 members created by Juilliard graduate 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 after concerns that "New York City Players" might cause confusion between them and the funk band Ohio Players. Prior to this, Blackmon, keyboardist Gregory Johnson, and the late Gwen Guthrie formed the band East Coast, together with James Wheeler (alto saxophone), Melvin Whay (bass), Michael Harris (percussion), and Haras Fyre (also known as Pat Grant) on trombone. They released one self-titled album in 1973 on the independent label Encounter.. Cameo started with a deep, funky sound, but it was obvious from the start their sights were set on the dance floor. Their first album was titled Cardiac Arrest. The gold single, written by Nathan Leftenant, Larry Blackmon and Arnett Leftenant titled Rigor Mortis was the start of Cameo's hit-studded career. Ugly Ego, We All Know Who We Are, and Secret Omen contained dance floor songs such as, "I Just Want To Be" and "Find My Way," the latter of which was a major disco smash and was included on the soundtrack to Thank God It's Friday. But the sleeper hit on the movie was It's Serious. The height of Cameo's career was Word Up!. The group, down to just Nathan Leftenant, Larry Blackmon, and Tomi Jenkins, put out one of the best albums of the '80s....
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GENRES:   Electro Disco Funk Rhythm and blues Soul music SIMILAR ARTISTS:   Instant Funk Jason Kay The Jackson 5 Donna Summer Kool & the Gang Georgia Anne Muldrow Michael Jackson Jamiroquai The Isley Brothers Aaliyah Anastacia The Temptations Seal Charlie Wilson Kylie Minogue Stevie Wonder BeyoncĂ© Spice Girls MeLo-X Pharrell Williams Gwen Guthrie Releases
Cameo - We All Know Who We AreWe All Know Who We Are, LP (1978)Cameo - Ugly EgoUgly Ego, LP (1978)Cameo - Secret OmenSecret Omen, LP (1979)Cameo - CameosisCameosis, Album (1980)Cameo - Feel MeFeel Me, Album (1980)Cameo - Alligator WomanAlligator Woman, Album (1982)Cameo - StyleStyle, 12" (1983)Cameo - She's StrangeShe's Strange, Album (1983)Cameo - Single LifeSingle Life, LP (1985)Cameo - Word Up!Word Up!, Album (1985)Cameo - Word UpWord Up, Album (1985)Cameo - MachismoMachismo, LP (1988)Cameo - Real Men ... Wear BlackReal Men ... Wear Black, Album (1989)Cameo - Real Men... Wear BlackReal Men... Wear Black, Album (1989)Cameo - Emotional ViolenceEmotional Violence, 12" (1991)Cameo - Cardiac ArrestCardiac Arrest, Album (1991)Cameo - Knights of the Sound TableKnights of the Sound Table, Album (1991)Cameo - The Best of CameoThe Best of Cameo, Compilation album (1992)Cameo - In the Face of FunkIn the Face of Funk, Album (1994)Cameo - NastyNasty, Live Album (1995)Cameo - NastyNasty, Album (1995)Cameo - The Best of Cameo, Volume 2The Best of Cameo, Volume 2, Compilation album (1996)Cameo - Shake Your PantsShake Your Pants, Album (1997)Cameo - Best of CameoBest of Cameo, Compilation album (1998)Cameo - Live: Word UpLive: Word Up, Live Album (1998)Cameo - The Ballads CollectionThe Ballads Collection, Compilation album (1998)Cameo - The 12'' Collection & MoreThe 12'' Collection & More, Compilation album (1999)Cameo - 1212" Collection and More, Compilation album (1999)Cameo - Sexy Sweet ThingSexy Sweet Thing, Album (2000)Cameo - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cameo20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cameo, Compilation album (2001)Cameo - The Millennium Collection: The Best of CameoThe Millennium Collection: The Best of Cameo, Compilation album (2001)Cameo - Original Artist Hit ListOriginal Artist Hit List, Live Album (2003)Cameo - Classic CameoClassic Cameo, Compilation album (2003)Cameo - Nasty, Live & FunkyNasty, Live & Funky, Live Album (2007)Cameo - Word Up! Greatest Hits - LiveWord Up! Greatest Hits - Live, Live Album (2007)Cameo - Keep It HotKeep It Hot, Live Album (2007)
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