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Fat's Larry's Band
CareerFormed by drummer and vocalist "Fat" Larry James (August 2, 1949 - December 5, 1987) in 1976, band members included trumpeter/flutist Art Capehart, guitarists Ted Cohen and Tony Middleton, percussionist and lead singer 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" (1982) (which later appeared on the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City) and "Zoom", which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart in October 1982.
They had three other hits in the UK: "Center City", "Boogie Town" and "Looking for Love Tonight".James died from a heart attack, at the age of 38, on December 5, 1987, and the band folded.The opening drum break from "Down on the Avenue", from the band's first album, Feel It (WMOT 1976), has been sampled by many hip hop artists, including N.W.A (Straight Outta Compton), Ice-T, Jungle Brothers and Run-D.M.C.
The bassline of their 1982 single Act Like You Know was prominently sampled in 1991 in the song Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey) by American hip hop band De La Soul.
Act Like You Know