- Full Name Larry Ernest Blackmon
- Nickname Larry Blackmon
- Occupation Lead Singer Of Cameo
- Nationality American
- Birthplace Harlem, USA
- Birth Date May 24, 1952
- Age 70 Years, 8 Months
Larry Blackmon | BiographyNominated At the 1986 'Annual Grammy Awards'
In addition to that, Cameo has released 17 studio albums. Their most famous single, 'Word Up!' peaked at number one on the R&B and Dance charts in the United States. The band was also featured in Mariah Carey's song 'Loverboy' in 2001, based on the band's previous single 'Candy.' Blackmon co-wrote the song, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 100.
Larry Ernest Blackmon is a singer best known as the lead singer and founding frontman of the band Cameo.
Who is Larry Blackmon?
Larry Ernest Blackmon is an American musician and singer born on 24 May 1952 and grew up in Harlem in a neighborhood. As of December 2021, he is 69 years old. Blackmon studied at Juilliard School in New York City.
As a teenager, Blackmon began playing drums in a band called Black Ivory and released a song called 'Don't Turn Around,' which charted at number 38 on Billboard's R&B chart in late 1971.
Following Black Ivory, Blackmon joined the New York City Players band, who released the disco single 'Find My Way.' The band later evolved into Cameo, with Blackmon as their leader in the late 1970s.
In 1975, the band released Cardiac Arrest, their first studio album. Their other albums, like Cameosis, She's Strange, and Word Up! were all #1 albums on the US R&B chart in 1980, 1984, and 1986, respectively. Furthermore, Blackmon received a nomination for the 29TH 'Annual Grammy Awards' in 1986.
In addition to that, Cameo has released 17 studio albums. Their most famous single, 'Word Up!' peaked at number one on the R&B and Dance charts in the United States. The band was also featured in Mariah Carey's song 'Loverboy' in 2001, based on the band's previous single 'Candy.' Blackmon co-wrote the song, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 100. In 2019, he released his first Cameo music in over 19 years. Moreover, Blackmon performed in the Funk Festival on 10 December 2021.
Ex-Bandmates Sued Blackmon
In 2018, Blackmon's ex-bandmates Arnett Leftenant, Nathan Leftenant, Jeryl Bright, and Gregory Johnson sued Blackmon, accusing him of defrauding royalties.
According to the four former members, Blackmon began collecting royalties on behalf of the band in 2010, promising to pay the other members their share. They claimed Blackmon collected $103,005.30 but never paid them. The former bandmates also said they had tried to collect the money they believed they were owed but failed.
Furthermore, they filed a lawsuit to recover the money owed to them and $1,000,000 in punitive damages. Additionally, they asked for a cut of the profits from live performances and other appearances under the Cameo band.
Blackmon sued Ex-Bandmates
In 2019, Blackmon sued his bandmates, claiming that his former bandmates, illegally profited from his hard work. He demanded that they pay him $2 million for the damage they have caused.
In addition, Blackmon said they never received permission to use the trademark and that he was never paid from the profits they made. He demanded more than $2 million in damages, as well as an injunction prohibiting the ex-band members from using their band trademark name, Cameo.
Further updates on both of the suits and their proceedings have not been made.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Blackmon has a net worth of $400 thousand as of 2021. His primary source of income is through his bio as a musician.