Don “Campbellock” Campbell RIP, Creator of Locking / Dispatch From Isolation # 41

Everybody falls. Some know how to do it with great style.

Today we give tribute to the man who showed us how to do it right and spawned a thousand dancing and performing imitators and variations practiced since he flew across TV screens in the 1970s..

When it comes to the dance known Campbellocking – later shortened to “Locking” – Don Campbell was the originator of the series of pop and lock joint movements that fueled what would become part of the hip-hop dance lexicon.

Esquire – 1974 Photo by Harry Hamburg / J.P. Goude

The Camblelock Dancers were comprised of with members Toni Basil, Fred ‘Mr. Penguin’ Berry a.k.a. Rerun, Leo ‘Fluky Luke’ Williamson, Greg ‘ Campbellock Jr.’ Pope, Bill ‘Slim The Robot’ Williams, and Adolpho ‘Shabba Doo’ Quinones

Later as The Lockers, the troupe danced on Soul Train, Saturday Night Live, the Dick Van Dyke Show, The Carol Burnett Show, and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Don “Campbellock” Campbell. Artwork by Cleveland Palmer

He passed in April in his home of Santa Clarita, California and we just wanted to pay tribute to the innovator, incorporator, and top notch operator. Put your hands together as we send off Mr. Campbell to a Soul Train dance floor in the heavens.