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    Cameo from large band to 3 members. Why?

    Does anyone know why Cameo went from being a large band to a 3 man entity (I did notice other musicians who were not featured in promo photos). I was hoping that Unsung would feature them but it never happened. I always wondered why Wayne Cooper left and why the others followed.

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    Change in music trends! By the mid 80s live bands were being replaced by drum machines and midi synthesizers.
    Last edited by jboy88; Today at 12:26 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jboy88 View Post
    Change in music trends! By the mid 80s live bands were being released by drum machines and midi synthesizers.
    Makes sense, just wonder what did the other members wind up doing with their talents and who chose who had to leave.

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    Economics has often been the deciding factor with a lot of ensembles like those we had enjoyed so much back in the 70's, not just Cameo. But Larry Blackmon's group was still
    special in a lot of ways. Too bad the folks at Unsung have yet to realise that. They were
    as strong at the funkiest of jams as they were at the most lush of soulful ballads. Miles Davis who even collaborated with them and appeared in their videos called them one of his favorite groups. Also, Larry, even when he took the lead in stage performance, always used real drummers. A drummer himself, he came a long way from playing behind Black Ivory. As for Wayne Cooper, there are different stories about his departure, which reminds me I need to make time to watch Larry and Tomi Jenkins youtube video explaining the group's history...Today if I can...Got a mess of chores first...

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