Chanteuse Rock 'n' Roll US née le 20 Juillet 1938, originaire de Jacksonville (Floride). Jo Ann Campbell, une beauté blonde, a débuté en 1957 sur Eldorado Records. Elle connut le succès en 1957 chez Cameo et en 60 chez ABC Records. Jo Ann a aussi enregistré pour Point, Gone, Rori et Atlantic Records.
Campbell occupies a special niche in rock & roll. For starters, she wrote songs,
and they were good enough to get released as singles, not buried on her albums.
Her most successful records were clearly in a mainstream pop music vein,
anticipating the work of teen girl pop singers such as Shelley Fabares, but she
could also rock out like Wanda Jackson.
A surprising number of her recordings were rough and tough, their obvious "cute"
quotient balanced by Campbell's occasional raspy-throated delivery, which
betrayed lust, or at least a healthy female libido in need of stroking. And the
song that remains the best known today, "Mama, Can I Go Out?" (which never
charted but was featured in Alan Freed's jukebox movie Go Johnny Go), is a great
tribute to healthy female interest in the opposite sex — which, as we know, was
at least half of what rock & roll was ultimately supposed to be about.
Campbell took music and dance lessons as a child, and was drum majorette at Fletcher High School in Jacksonville, Florida. At age 16, in 1955, she did a USO tour of Europe as a dancer — such tours didn't pay anything, but gave the participants a chance to travel and see the world while honing their skills as entertainers and performers, and this was precisely what Campbell did. When the tour was over, she felt ready for the big time and headed for New York, where she initially joined the Johnny Conrad Dancers. It was while in New York that she decided to try singing. She was fortunate enough to get featured on television's Colgate Comedy Hour and The Milton Berle Show, and later proved a huge success at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. In 1956, she was signed to the Eldorado label, which had her record an original song, "Come On Baby," as her debut single. This was followed by a more conventional pop standard, Campbell's cover of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love."
Neither single was a success, however, and by the end of 1957, Campbell had switched to George Goldner's Gone Records label, most famous as the company for which Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers recorded their hits. Campbell's records took on a more rocking beat at Gone, in keeping with the changes overtaking popular music — her 1958 singles included "Rock 'N Roll Love" backed with the far hotter B-side "You're Driving Me Mad," which was good enough to be featured on the 1980s underground compilation Hot Boppin' Girls, Volume 2. She cut one more original that year, "Wassa Matter With You Babe," but neither it nor its follow-up, "I'm Nobody's Baby," managed to chart. Campbell's singing ability was beyond question, however, and coupled with her extraordinary good looks — with her creamy complexion and blonde hair, and expressive eyes, she managed to look lustful and innocent at the same time — she rated a place on the bill at Alan Freed's Brooklyn Paramount Show, the biggest rock & roll and R&B stage show in the nation, and on Freed's package tour, and, in turn, got a featured spot in Freed's jukebox movie Go Johnny Go. There for millions of viewers to discover across the generations was Jo Ann Campbell, introduced by Alan Freed in the film as "our little blonde bombshell," alternately strutting and gliding across screen, pouting sweetly but with a lusty gleam in her eye to the strains of "Mama, Can I Go Out?" It was one of several high points in the movie, even if the single itself, on Gone Records, didn't chart as a result.
Campbell's subsequent single that year, the teen lament "I Ain't No Steady Date," did little better, despite a great beat and a cute spoken-word middle section. By 1960, she had moved to ABC Records, where she finally struck a modest hit with "A Kookie Little Paradise," a strange novelty-type song with a ridiculous Tarzan yell over the intro and outro. Her other records of this period continued to show an astonishing degree of maturity in dealing with sexuality, "Amateur Night" being the best example, her voice displaying innocence and lust all at once, this time backed by a tasteful female chorus. Campbell also recorded some slightly harder, bluesier pop, including the Duane Eddy tribute "Duane" (which she wrote) and the late 1958 B-side "Happy New Year Baby"; her voice had a power and a full, throaty rasp when she wanted it that could have made her a rival to Wanda Jackson, but mostly she treaded a very fine line between the hard and soft sides of music and her stage persona. Not all of her stuff was that good ("Bobby Bobby Bobby" would have made Shelley Fabares wince), but a lot of it was, and certain lusty numbers like "Beachcomber" deserve to be heard at least by cultural historians of the era.
Campbell charted two more singles: the sweet country-pop of "I'm the Girl from Wolverton Mountain" (which could've been a Dolly Parton song), which became her biggest hit, getting to number 38 in a seven-week run in the summer of 1962; and "Mother Please," which just brushed the pop charts at number 88 in a three-week run in the spring of 1963. By then her life and career were changing rapidly — she married Troy Seals, a country singer (and brother of Dan Seals), and the two began recording for Atlantic as a duo, Jo Ann and Troy, charting a couple of singles in 1964. Campbell retired in the mid-1960s, and most of her exposure since then has been from the movie Go Johnny Go in its periodic showings. Her reputation was sufficient, however, to get her Gone sides reissued on an LP (The Blonde Bombshell) of dubious legality in Europe (where they revere American pop and rock & roll of the 1950s) in the early 1980s, as well as justifying a legitimate reissue of her ABC sides on Murray Hill in the United States.
Talents : Vocals
Style musical : Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll
WAIT A MINUTE (1957)
TALL BOY (1958)
HAPPY NEW YEAR BABY (1958)
MOTORCYCLE MICHAEL (1961)
Who Do You Love (1964) (Jo Ann & Troy)
Years in activity :
78 t. & Singles & EP
|1956||SP POINT P-4 (US)||.||I'm Coming Home Late Tonight / Wherever You Go|
|01/1957||SP ELDORADO 504 (US)||.||Come On Baby / Forever Young|
|05/1957||SP ELDORADO 509 (US)||.||Funny Thing / I Can't Give You Anything But Love|
|12/1957||78 t. & SP GONE 5014 (US)||.||Wait A Minute / I'm In Love With You|
|02/1958||78 t. & SP GONE 5021 (US)||.||You're Driving Me Mad / Rock And Roll Love|
|04/1958||78 t. & SP GONE 5027 (US)||.||Wassa Matter With You / You-Oo|
|07/1958||SP GONE 5037 (US)||.||I'm Nobody's Baby / I Really Really Love You|
|12/1958||SP GONE 5049 (US)||.||Tall Boy / Happy New Year Baby|
|02/1959||SP GONE 5055 (US)||.||Nervous / Mama, Can I Go Out Tonite|
|07/1959||SP GONE 5068 (US)||.||Beach Comber / I Ain't Got No Steady Date|
|10/1960||SP ABC-PARAMOUNT 45-10134 (US)||.||A Kookie Little Paradise / Bobby, Bobby, Bobby|
|1960||SP KARUSELL P 231 (DK)||A Kookie Little Paradise / Bobby, Bobby, Bobby|
|12/1960||SP ABC-PARAMOUNT 45-10172 (US)||.||But Maybe This Year / Crazy Daisy|
|1960||EP TOP RANK RES 123 (F)||You're Driving Me Mad / I Ain't Got No Steady Date / I Really, Really Love You / I'm In Love With You|
|03/1961||SP ABC-PARAMOUNT 10200 (US)||.||Motorcycle Michael / Puka Puka Pants|
|1961||SP ABC-PARAMOUNT 10224 (US)||.||Eddie My Love / It Wasn't Right|
|10/1961||SP ABC-PARAMOUNT 10258 (US)||.||Duane / Mama Don't Want|
|02/1962||SP ABC-PARAMOUNT 10300 (US)||.||I Changer My Mind / You Made Me Love You|
|05/1962||SP ABC-PARAMOUNT 10335 (US)||.||Amateur Night / I Wish It Would Rain All Summer|
|05/1962||SP RORI R-711 (US)||.||Jim Dandy / Five Minutes More|
|07/1962||SP CAMEO C-223 (US)||.||I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain / Sloopy Joe|
|11/1962||SP ARIOLA 45 423 A (GER)||
I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain / Sloppy Joe
|11/1962||SP CAMEO C-237 (US)||.||Let Me Do It My Way / Mr Fix-It Man|
|03/1963||SP CAMEO C-249 (US)||.||Mother, Please! / Waitin' For Love|
|10/1964||SP ATLANTIC 45-2256 (US)||.||JO ANN & TROY (Troy SEALS) - I Found A Love, Oh What A Love / Who Do You Love|
|1965||SP ATLANTIC 45-2293 (US)||.||JO ANN & TROY (Troy SEALS) - Same Old Feeling / Just Because|
|199?||SP COLLECTABLES COL 0133 (US)||.||Wait A Minute / Happy New Year Baby|
|2016||SP POPCORN POPC 157 (UK)||.||I Changed My Mind Jack / I Really Really Love You|
|195?||GONE unissued||It's True [alt. vers.]|
|195?||GONE unissued||Mama (Can I Go Out Tonite) [alt. vers.]|
|195?||GONE unissued||Wait A Minute [rhythm track] [instr.]|
|1959||LP 12" END LP-306 (US)||I'M NOBODY'S BABY - Wait A Minute / It's True / I Really Really Love You / Nobody's Baby / Mama / Beachcomber / You're Driving Me Mad / I Ain't Got No Steady Date / Wassa Matter With You Baby / Rock And Roll Love / You-Ooh / Nervous|
|1962||LP 12" ABC-PARAMOUNT ABC 393 (mono) / ABCS 393 (stereo) (US)||FOR TWISTIN' AND LISTENIN' - Dance With Me Henry / Johnny B. Goode / Donnie / Mama Don't Want No Twistin' / Willie And Hand Jive / Goodbye Jimmy Goodbye / Mr. Lee / Bobby, Bobby, Bobby / Eddie My Love / Crazy Daisy / Duane / Motorcycle Michael|
|1962||LP 12" CAMEO C-1026 (mono) / SC-1026 (stereo) (US)||ALL THE HITS BY JO ANN CAMPBELL - I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain / It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' / Things / Teenage Idol / Sheila / You Don't Know Me / Devil Woman / As Long As The Rosie Is Red / Ahab The Arab / Little Miss-In-Between / I Remember You / Send Me The Pillow You Dream On|
|196?||LP 12" CORONET CX-199 (mono) / CXS-199 (stereo) (US)||STARRING JO ANN CAMPBELL - Jo Ann Campbell Sings : Give Me Five Minutes More / Jim Dandy / I Can't Give You Anything But Love / Come On Baby / Beg Your Pardon / Margie Anderson Sings : Double Headed Penny / He's Crying Inside / The More We Get Together / We Belong To Each Other / Follow That Girl|
|1983||LP 12" JAN 33 8018 (SWE)||THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL : Wait A Minute / It's True / I Really, Really, Love You / Nobody's Baby / Mama, Can I Go Out Tonite / Beachcomber / Tall Boy / You're Driving Me Mad / I Ain't Got No Steady Date / Wassa Matter With You Baby / Rock And Roll Love / You-Oo / Nervous / Happy New Year Baby|
|1986||LP 12" CHARLY CR 30248 (UK)||MISS REET PETITE - Crazy Daisy / Motorcycle Michael / I Changed My Mind Jack / Mr. Lee / Dance With Me Henry / Willie And The Hand Jive / Duane / Mama Don't Want No Twistin' / Kookie Little Paradise / I Wish It Would Rain All Summer / You Made Me Love You / Eddie, My Love / Bobby, Bobby, Bobby / Amateur Night / Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye / Puka Puka Pants|
|1991||CD TNT LASER CD 306/393 (NL)||I'm Nobody's Baby / For Twistin' And Listenin' - Wait A Minute / It's True / I Really Really Love You / Nobody's Baby / Mama / Beachcomber / You're Driving Me Mad / I Ain't Got No Steady Date / Wassa Matter With You Baby / Rock And Roll Love / You-Ooh / Nervous / Dance With Me Henry / Johnny B. Goode / Donnie / Mama Don't Want No Twistin' / Willie And The Hand Jive / Goodbye Jimmy Goodbye / Mr. Lee / Bobby, Bobby, Bobby / Eddie My Love / Crazy Daisy / Duane / Motorcycle Michael|
|1994||CD BAR BAR 116 (B)||ALL THE HITS BY JO ANN CAMPBELL - A Kookie Little Paradise / Amateur Night / I Really Really Love You (single version) / Let Me Do It My Way / Teen Age Idol / Duane / I Ain't Got No Steady Date / You-Ooh / Mama, Can I Go Out Tonite? / Beachcomber / Donnie / Bobby, Bobby, Bobby / Happy New Year Baby / Tall Boy / Wassa Matter With You Baby / I Really Really Love You (LP version) / I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain / Sheila / Things / Eddie My Love|
|04/1998||CD WESTSIDE WESM 508 (UK)||THAT REAL GONE GAL - THE COMPLETE GONE & ROULETTE RECORDINGS - Wait A Minute / It's Time / I Really Really Love You / I'm Nobody's Baby / Mama / Beachcomber / You're Driving Me Mad / I Ain't Got No Steady Date / Wassa Matter With You Baby / Rock And Roll Love / You-Ooh / Nervous / Happy New Year Baby / How About That / Tall Boy / Let Me Do My Twist / It's True (alt. take) / Mama (alt. take) / Wait A Minute (instrumental rhythm track)|
|07/2000||CD COLLECTABLES COL CD 6305 (US)||I'M NOBODY'S BABY - Wait A Minute / It's True / I Really Really Love You / Nobody's Baby / Mama / Beachcomber / You're Driving Me Mad / I Ain't Got No Steady Date / Wassa Matter With You Baby / Rock And Roll Love / You-Ooh / Nervous / Mama (Can I Go Out Tonight) (alternate take) / Happy New Year Baby / Tall Boy|
|10/2005||CD COLLECTABLES COL-CD-9935 (US)||WAIT A MINUTE - Wait A Minute / Mama (Can I Go Out)? / I'm Nobody's Baby / Happy New Year Baby / Let Me Do My Twist / Nervous / I Ain't Got No Steady Date / I Really Really Love You / Beach Comber / How About That|
|09/2013||CD Real Gone 400159 (US)||All the Hits BY JO ANN CAMPBELL - I'm THE GIRL FROM WOLVERTON MOUNTAIN - (I'm The Girl From) Wolverton Mountain / It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' / Things / Teenage Idol / Sheila / You Don't Know Me / Devil Woman / Long As The Rose Is Red / Ahab The Arab / Little Miss-In-Between / I Remember You / Send Me The Pillow You Dream On / Sloppy Joe / Let Me Do It My Way / Mr. Fix-It Man / Mother, Please! / Waitin' For Love / Ain't It Funny What A Fool Will Do / Patches|
|07/2014||2 CD JASMINE JASCD 765 (EUR)||
Girl From Wolverton Mountain :
|10/2014||CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 17320 (GER)||Boogie Woogie Country Girl - Jukebox Pearls - Tall Boy / I'm Coming Home Late Tonight / Johnny B. Goode / You're Drivin' Me Mad / I Really, Really Love You [single version] (Jo Ann Campbell feat: George Goldner) / Duane / Breaking Up With A Boy / How About That / Mr Lee / I Ain't Got No Steady Date / Wassa Matter with You Baby, Pt. 1 / Boogie Woogie Country Girl / Mama (Can I Go Out Tonite) / I'm Nobody's Baby Now (Jo Ann Campbell feat: George Goldner) / Wait A Minute (feat: Panama Francis / Sam "The Man" Taylor) / Willie And The Hand Jive / Eddie My Love / Come On Baby / Beg Your Pardon / Give Me Five Minutes More / Funny Thing / I Can't Give You Anything But Love / Jim Dandy / Rock And Roll Love / Nervous / Donnie / But Maybe This Year / Beachcomber / Randy Bard / I Changed My Mind Jack / Crazy Daisy / Mama Don't Want No Twistin’ / Let Me Do My Twist / Motorcycle Michael / A Kookie Little Paradise / Where Ever You Go / Happy New Year Baby / Applause To You|
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