Additional information about this, Fat Larry’s Band vinyl art.
Fat Larry’s Band – The Artist
Fat Larry’s Band was an American R&B and funk band from Philadelphia, which enjoyed some commercial success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, particularly in the United Kingdom. Formed by drummer and vocalist “Fat” Larry James (1949 – 1987) in 1976, the band included trumpeter/flautist Art Capehart, guitarists Ted Cohen and Tony Middleton, vocalists Freddie Campbell (1952 – 2013) and Darryl Grant, saxophonist Doug Jones, bassist Larry La Bes, trombonist/alto saxophonist Jimmy Lee, and keyboardist Erskine Williams. The band’s biggest hits were “Act Like You Know” (which appears on the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack) and “Zoom”, which reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart in October 1982. Fat Larry’s Band had three other hits in the UK: “Center City”, “Boogie Town”, and “Lookin’ for Love”. On December 5, 1987, James died from a heart attack at the age of 38. As a result, the band folded.
Zoom – The Song
‘Zoom’ is a song by American band Fat Larry’s Band released as the fourth single from their fifth studio album, Breakin’ Out (1982). The song was a commercial hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. It remains one of the group’s best-known songs, despite being received poorly in their native US, peaking at #89.
The Zoom Ice Lolly – The Shape
This record has been modelled into the rocket shaped ‘Zoom’ ice lolly on a stick. Zoom is a ice cream brand made by Nestlé. Both the ice lolly on a stick brands ‘Zoom’ and ‘FAB’, were introduced in United Kingdom by J. Lyons & Co. Ltd., and were brought out in order to take advantage of the popularity of Gerry Anderson’s television series Fireball XL5 and Thunderbirds.
The brand Zoom was launched first, in April/May 1963, to capitalise on Fireball XL5, with Fab appearing in May 1967. Initially the Zoom’s commercial target was for boys only, being rocket shaped, which left a vast market niche that was filled by the development of the “Fab”; a more feminine looking lolly designed in mind for girls.
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