About Locking - Timeline

The Campbellock Timeline

A.k.a Locking

1951

Donald Odell Campbell was born
January 8th 1951.

1951

1970

Don Creates The Campbellock

19 yr. old Don Campbell created the dance “The Campbellock” at LA Trade Technical College in Downtown LA. He was trying to do a dance called “The Robot” but ended creating his own dance instead.
1970

1970

The Nightclubs

Don Campbell developed his dance in the Nightclubs all across Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley. Dancing in 2-3 dance contests a night all over the Southland.

1970

1971

Soul Train

Because of his reputation all around Los Angeles, Don was approached by a Talent Scout about appearing on a popular dance show called Soul Train. He made his TV debut on Soul Train in Oct.1971. In that episode’s dance contest, he, along with partner Damita Joe Freeman, won and were able to stay on the show until the Finals. He also became a regular member of “The Soul Train Gang” and would frequently be on tour with various acts that appeared on Soul Train.
1971

1972

The Record

Using the name Don “SoulTrain” Campbell, He and Record Producer Sonny Craver recorded a song for his dance on the Stanson Record Label, called “The Campbellock” in Feb.1972. He went on Tour with several dancers known as “The Campbellock Dancers”, across the country to promote the album.
1972

1973

Ban from Soul Train

Don was banned from Soul Train for trying to organize the dancers on the show to ask for compensation for their time and efforts on the show and on the tours.
1973

June 1973

“The Campbellock” Dancers

Together with manager Toni Basil, they puts together a group of dancers for a TV special on ABC. Called “The Campbellockers”, this group danced as back up for Recording Artist Roberta Flack. The following dancers performed in this show:
Don Campbell, Toni Basil, Leo Williamson, Bill Williams, Gregory Pope, Fawn Quinone, Fred Berry, Deney Terrio and
Janet Lock.
These dancers would go on to form the group “The Campbellock” Dancers.

Don re-injured his knee and requires another surgery, which caused him to miss several shows with his new group, Adolfo “Shabadoo” Quinones was added as an alternate while Don was out.

June 1973

November 1973

Premiering on “The Carol Burnett Show”

“The Campbellock Dancers” as a full group, with Adolfo Quiones now a full time member, debut on network television. Premiering on “The Carol Burnett Show” as a featuring act.
November 1973

1974

From “The Campbellock” to “Locking”

After appearing on several shows and live performances as “The Campbellock Dancers”, Don was confronted by the Record Company regarding use of the term “Campbellock”. So to avoid a long, drawn out legal battle and to keep the momentum the group had going, just to be able to use “Campbellock”, the name of the group and the dance were changed. “The Campbellock Dancers” to “The Lockers” and “The Campbellock” to “Locking”.
1974

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