John Campbell (blues guitarist)

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John Campbell
Birth name John Allen Campbell
Also known as Johnny "Slim" Campbell
Born (1952-01-20)January 20, 1952
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
Died June 13, 1993(1993-06-13) (aged 41)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Blues, Delta blues, electric blues
Occupation(s) Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Labels Elektra, Sync, Cross Cut, Blue Rock'it, Sphere Sound
Notable instruments
1952 Gibson Southern Jumbo acoustic
1934 National Steel
1940s National resophonic guitar

John Allen Campbell (January 20, 1952 – June 13, 1993)[1] was an American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter.[1]


Campbell's favored instruments were a 1952 Gibson Southern Jumbo acoustic, a 1934 National Steel and a 1940's National resophonic guitar.[citation needed]

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.[2] 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.

Album discography[edit]

  • 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)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b - accessed July 2010
  2. ^ Biography of John Camplbell', on

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