About Don "Campbellock" Campbell
Creator of HipHop Culture's 1st Streetdance "The Campbellock" aka "Locking"
Don Campbell was born in St. Louis in the early 50’s. He was raised in South Central Los Angeles. As a child, He was quite artistic, drawing profiles of people’s faces, hands, as well as trees and bugs. His creative talent made him different, even at such an early age.
Don continued to sketch things throughout his teenage years. His love for art led him to choose LA Trade Technical College, as a college where he could study commercial and further his skills. His experiences at Trade Tech led him to take up a new interest-Dancing. His unique take on dance caused him to explode on the dance scene. He enjoyed it so much, that all his attention now turned to his newly found interest.
Don frequented the dance clubs and perfected his unique dance, “The Campbellock”.
In the clubs, Don was untouchable, winning dance contest after dance contest with his unique brand of style and flair.
Don’s style became even more popular in the early 70’s, when it got more exposure during his appearances as a featured dancer on the popular television show “Soul Train” or on “Soul Train” sponsored tours around the US.
Don’s original dance technique has endured the test of time. Today, it is known as “locking”, and its precision movements are used by Choreographers and Street Dancers around the world.
The Campbellockers dancers/the lockers
Fred Berry (Dancer/Actor “Rerun” from TV’s What’s Happening), Co-Founder of The Campbellock Dancers/The Lockers Toni Basil (Choreographer/Recording Artist), Adolfo “Shabadoo” Quinones (Dancer/Actor “Ozone” from the films- Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2-Electric Boogaloo), Bill “Slim The Robot”, Williams Fred “Mr. Penguin”, Berry Leo “Fluky Luke” Williamson and Greg “Campbellock, Jr.” Pope were the original members. Deney Terrio (Host/Choreographer from TV’s Dance Fever) who was a one time member of the group would go on to teach John Travolta how to dance for his role in the late 70’s film “Saturday Night Fever”, using moves created by Don somewhat 10yrs. earlier.
Don “Campbellock” Campbell, either with his group (The Campbellockers/The Campbellock Dancers/The Lockers) or by himself has appeared in over 100 plus performances either live or on network television with the following entertainers: Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Carol Burnett, Doris Day, Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin, Bill Cosby, Roger Miller, Johnny Carson, Dick Van Dyke, Tim Conway, Rich Little, Hugh Hefner, Aretha Franklin, John Denver, Roberta Flack, Mac Davis, John Davidson, WAR, Lily Tomlin, Michael Landon, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler, Donny and Marie Osmond, Parliament Funkadelic, The Ohio Players, The Jackson 5, Cheech & Chong, Whodini, Kurtis Blow, The Fatboys, Newcleus, Run Dmc, Toni Basil, Tony Tee, Rennie Harris, Boogaloo Sam and The Electric Boogaloos, Popmaster Fabel, Mr. Wiggles, Crazy Legs and The Rocksteady Crew, Peewee Dance, and a host of others.
Don “Campbellock” and His Group (The Campbellockers/The Campbellock Dancers/ The Lockers) presented groundbreaking performances on the following Television shows and Specials: ABC’s “Roberta Flack: The First Time Ever ( as The Campbellockers), The Carol Burnett Show (as The Campbellock Dancers), The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson (first as The Campbellock Dancers, then as The Lockers), What’s Happening (as The Rockets and by Himself), ABC in Concert, The Grammys, The Oscars, Saturday Night Live (as The Lockers, being the first non-musical group to ever perform on the show), their own TV special celebrating the new fall season of 1975 on NBC called “Saturday Celebration” featuring Micheal Landon, Sigmund and Johnny from “Sigmund The Sea Monster” and The cult cartoon classic ‘Hey,Good Lookin’, by directo Ralph Bakshi (as The Chaplains). Don and his various troupes went on to amass well over 100 credits to their name before calling it quits in the early 80’s.
Inspiring a whole generation
Don Campbellock Square
Don "Campbellock" Campbell
Presently, while doing Creator’s Classes, Judging International Dance Competitions, and Speaking engagements, Don is also working with his oldest son Dennis on a number of projects, which include An Autobiographical Book, Clothing Line, and A Feature Film based His Life Story.
Don has been married to his wife-MaryAnne for 46 yrs., has 3 Children (Dennis-47, Donnie-41, and Delorianne-33), 5 grandchildren (ages 14 to 24), and is currently based in Canyon Country, CA.