Classics: Fat Larry’s Band – Lookin’ For Love (WMOT)
“Lookin’ tonight, under bright city lights, looking tonight for love…” A 10 piece band hailing from Philadelphia, Fat Larry’s Band (also known as FLB) made their first big sensation with ‘Lookin’ For Love’ back in 1979.
The opening cut from their album of the likes, ‘Lookin’ For Love’ definitely brought them under the spotlights in the club scene. Quite illustrative of what goin’ to a club was about at the time, it displayed some unresistible feeling. Most likely due to its uplifting lyrics. But also its jazzy funk flow melted with typical Disco elements.
Fantasy Records also released it, although titled ‘Lookin’ For Love Tonight’. In a vein not that far from the memorable ‘Get Another Man’ by the likes of the late Chantal Curtis. Don’t you think?
– Singer, drummer, producer Larry James gave birth to Fat Larry’s Band back in the mid-70’s in Philadelphia, PA. Consisting of Larry La Bes (bass), Douglas Jones (sax), Alfonso Smith (percussion), Ted Cohen (guitar) along with Freddie Campbell and Terry Price (vocals), they released most of their albums on WMOT/Fantasy Records.
They came to wider recognition back in 1979 with the Disco funky ‘Lookin’ For Love Tonight’. Eventually scoring their biggest successes 3 years after with ‘Zoom’ and ‘Act Like You Know’, both taken from their ‘Breakin’ Out’ album.
FLB also made some impact on the Hip-Hop scene with N.W.A., Jungle Brothers and Run-D.M.C. among others sampling ‘Down On The Avenue’, from their 1976 ‘Feel It’ album. Not to mention De La Soul who built the classic ‘Ring Ring Ring’ on the bassline of ‘Act Like You Know’.
Two extra albums saw the light after their departure from WMOT, respectively on Virgin then Omni Records. But the group failed to maintain the attention. They eventually disbanded, following the sudden passing of Larry James from a heart attack on Dec. 05, 1987 at the age of 38.