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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (1977 – 1987)

Fat Larry’s Band was an American R&B / Funk band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, who were most successful in the 1980s.

Created by “Fat” Larry James (drummer / vocalist) in 1977; band members included Art Capehart, Doug Jones, Jimmy Lee, Ted Cohen, Darryl Grant, Larry La Bes, and Erskine Williams. They had two moderate hits in the UK: “Center City” and “Boogie Town”. The band’s biggest hits:

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Zoom which managed to make number two in the UK singles chart in October 1982
“Fat” Larry James (born on 2 August 1949, in Philadelphia), died on 5 December 1987, thus sealing the band’s fate.


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  • Jappas85


    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Jappas85

    cool stuff

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Bsloth

    Thank you ED for letting me find out about Fat Larry and his band.

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • brownieboy

    Zoom is classic track, heard it years ago in the hairdressers weren't til recently i discovered who it was.

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Auland

    Freaking awesome

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • jellian

    hot shit

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • cavani

    A voz negra é algo de outro mundo,incomparável,quente e ao mesmo tempo aveludada, sempre vai merecer todo o nosso respeito.

    24 Oct 2010 Reply
  • NewYorkTaxi1983

    breakin out' is one of the best albums of the 80's. it also has my all time fav track to. which is 'zoom'

    11 Jul 2010 Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    Good funky music old school ! ! !

    1 Jul 2010 Reply
  • signtoast

    I'm trying to find a record of an instrumental 'Zoom' a cover of Fat Larry Band, my only reference is an old tape recording of BBC Radio 2 in Dec 1984, announced as Percussion Plus and their version of Fat Larry's Band - Zoom. I can't find anything on this anywhere.

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • iMurk

    Zoom is brilliant, absolutely perfect.

    14 Dec 2009 Reply
  • monchichi2000

    hey pancho it's disco already found really really nice song i love it :)

    10 Oct 2009 Reply
  • MarvinLapsus

    Testarossa driving music for Vice City, perfect for Washington beach, I think. Perfect.

    23 Nov 2008 Reply

    1 SOLO EXITO PASE EN LAS DISCOS DE URUGUAY--------------------------------------------------

    20 Nov 2008 Reply
  • 80sfever

    Lookin' For Love> all!

    11 Sep 2008 Reply
  • kenezen

    down on the avenue a breakbeat classic. if u don't kno GET FAMILIAR!

    25 Aug 2008 Reply
  • DoUWantCoffey

    If you like Fat Larry's Band, be sure to join

    21 May 2008 Reply
  • groovadelic

    in the house of love!

    24 Mar 2008 Reply
  • paulturner1990

    zoom! reminds me of del boy when he meets heather =] great song

    9 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Hadora

    Party After Midnight > Act Like You Know

    17 May 2007 Reply
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