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Formed  1979 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Klymaxx comprised of:

Bernadette Cooper (Drummer)

Cheryl Cooley (Guitar)

Robbin Grider (Synths / Guitars)

Joyce Fenderella Irby (Bass)

Lynn Malsby (Keyboards)


Lorena Porter (Lead Vocals)

Klymaxx were formed by drummer Bernadette Cooper in Los Angeles, Klymaxx were originally Bernadette with the addition of Cheryl Cooley (guitar), Lorena 'Lungs' Porter (lead vocals), 'Fenderella' (bass), Lynn 'Lynnie Pies' Malsby (keyboards) and Robbin 'Space Baby' Grider (synths / guitar).

In 1982 they signed to the Solar label and became the first ever group or artist to work with writers / producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

The team wrote and produced a song 'Wild Girls' for their debut album 'Girls Will Be Girls'.

After a second Solar album 'Never Underestimate The Power Of A Woman' (1983), they switched the Constellation label (via MCA) for 'Meeting In The Ladies' Room' which featured the American Top 10 hit 'The Men All Pause' in 1984.

Two years later their song 'Man Size Love' was featured on the soundtrack album to the movie 'Running Scared'.

The group were down to six members by the end of 1988 and by 1989 they had become just Cheryl Cooley, Lorena Porter and Robbin Grider.

In 1990 they returned with 'The Maxx Is Back', including 'Good Love' and 'Don't Run Away'.

Cheryl, incidentally, first took guitar lessons from Hubert Laws who is now married to her sister.

Lorena landed a position in the group after initially auditioning to be in Rose Royce.

'One Day' was released on Valley Vue in 1997.

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Girls Will Be Girls (Solar Records 1982)

Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman (Solar Records 1983)

Girls in the Band (Elektra Records 1983)

Meeting in the Ladies Room (Constellation Records 1984)

Maxx Is Back (MCA Records 1990)

One Day (Valley Vue Records 1997)

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