CAMEO is an American soul-influenced funk group that started out in 1974 with 10 members created by Larry Ernest Blackmon and 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'. CAMEO started with a deep, funk sound, but it was obvious from the start their sights were set on the dance floor. Their first album was 'Cardiac Arrest'. The first hit single "Rigor Mortis" was the start of the band's hit-studded career. The albums "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 in the movie was "It's Serious". The height of the band's career was in the 1980s, particularly the album "Word Up!" with its hits, "Word Up!" and "Candy". The writers of "Word Up", Cameo's worldwide biggest hit, were Larry Ernest Blackmon (founder and front man) and Thomas Michael Jenkins (member of the group).
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