Campbellock aka Locking
The Lockers (originally named The Campbellock Dancers) 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 could give them a hands up. Active throughout the 1970s, they are the true pioneers of street dance.
Don Campbell is the founder of locking, 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.
By 1975, they were “Dancing their way to stardom” on their own. Individual members’ contributions (as soloist performers) to the dance style and group image coupled with their unique presentation in staging and concept broke down many barriers. It has been said on the reality dance competition So You Think You Can Dance that “The Lockers emergence on the dance scene changed the face of dance not only for street dancers but for dance in general and has made street dance a true American art form.”
The Lockers of fame consisted of the following members from 1973 to 1976:
Don “Campbellock” Campbell
Toni “Mickey” Basil
Fred “Mr. Penguin” Berry
Greg “Campbellock Jr” Pope
Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quinones
Bill “Slim the Robot” Williams
Leo “Fluky Luke” Williamson
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