John Campbell (blues guitarist)
|Birth name||John Allen Campbell|
|Also known as||Johnny "Slim" Campbell|
January 20, 1952|
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||June 13, 1993
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Blues, Delta blues, electric blues|
|Occupation(s)||Guitarist, singer, songwriter|
|Labels||Elektra, Sync, Cross Cut, Blue Rock'it, Sphere Sound|
|1952 Gibson Southern Jumbo acoustic
1934 National Steel
1940s National resophonic guitar
Campbell was born and grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. His first group was the Texas-based electric power trio, Junction. Formed in 1973 in Corpus Christi, Texas, the band consisted of John on guitar and vocals, Tim Delaney on bass and vocals, and Jack "Satch" Haupt on drums and vocals. The trio disbanded two years later, and Campbell cut his first album titled Street Suite. At the eve of the 1980s he spent a time at the Robin Hood Studios in Tyler, Texas and taped a demo with his acoustic versions of blues standards. In 2000 these twelve tracks were issued as the compilation album, Tyler, Texas Session.
As a solo artist, Campbell continued to play in clubs of East Texas and he also appeared in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1985, he moved to New York City, New York, and joined the local blues scene. His next album, A Man And His Blues, featured Ronnie Earl as producer and guest guitarist, was recorded during two days in April 1988, and was released on a small German record label. Its follow-up releases were on Elektra, One Believer (1991) and Howlin Mercy (1993). The latter included the single cover version of Led Zeppelin's "When The Levee Breaks".
On June 13, 1993, Campbell died from heart failure as he slept at his Manhattan home in New York City, New York. He was 41. At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife, Dolly Fox; his daughter, Paris; his daughter, Elizabeth; and his brother, William.
- 1975: Street Suite (Sync)
- 1988: A Man And His Blues (Cross Cut)
- 1991: One Believer (Elektra)
- 1993: Howlin Mercy (Elektra)
- 2000: Tyler, Texas Session (Sphere Sound)
- John Campbell site on MySpace Music
- Another MySpace Tribute Page more focused on his last album
- John Campbell discography at discogs.com