Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Lockers

The Lockers were a dance group formed by Toni Basil and Don 'Campbellock' Campbell eight years before MTV and 32 years before any of the current TV dance competitions. Active throughout the 1970s, they were pioneers of street dance.

Don Campbell is the founder of the locking dance style and originally, Locking was called The Campbellock - a style that was based on the dance and song that Don Campbell created. Toni Basil met Campbell at a club in 1971 and together they formed The Lockers as a dance group. Toni Basil also served as The Locker's manager, and was responsible for staging the act. All the dancers contributed steps and choreography with their unique and individual styles.

The Lockers many television appearances include Saturday Night Live, Soul Train, Carol Burnett, and The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. They have performed live on stage at Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, Disneyland, The MGM Grand Las Vegas, Harrah's Reno, and Harrah's Lake Tahoe.

From 1973 to 1976, The Lockers consisted of the following members:

After The Lockers disbanded, group members continued to find success individually. Both Don Campbell and Toni Basil have received the "Living Legend of Hip Hop" award from Hip Hop International.

Basil, who already had a successful career as a choreographer and actress prior to the Lockers, would go on to achieve pop music success with the Grammy nominated single "Mickey."

Adolfo Quinones starred as Ozone in the street dance films, Breakin and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. He also did the choreography for Madonna's "Who's That Girl" tour. His awards include the "Lifetime Achievement Award" for outstanding contributions to hip-hop from the International Choreographers' Carnival and the Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best Choreography for the musical "Standup Tragedy".

Fred Berry would later find greater fame in the role of "Rerun" on the ABC sitcom What's Happening!!. One episode would feature a performance by The Lockers (except for Toni Basil).

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