started rockin' and rollin' at the age of 18.
Jo Ann released a string of great records
but most of them missed the chart.
Wanda Jackson, Jo Ann Campbell
looked innocent but could turn on
the nasty. On her 1958 Gone Records
release "Whassa Matter With You,"
Jo Ann uses a Wanda Jacksonesque
growl to get the point across. Jo Ann
also sounds like Connie Francis did
on that female singing star's early
career rock 'n' roll records. When
you hear how the band cooks on
you'll be stirred!
with another catchy concoction.
This 45 features a Bossa nova
and a cool chorus - all the makings
of a hit. Whassa matter, Billboard?
was another song she wrote, this time
under the pseudonym of Doris Hatcher.
Big, bold, brassy, brash and sassy,
Campbell platter that had hit
written all over it. Nada!
you've got the glorious B ballad
"I'm Nobody's Baby Now."
dance records sold poorly. It was
a crime that this dreamy country
style ballad saw no chart action
whatsoever. To Shady's ears
"I'm Nobody's Baby" (Now)
sounds a lot like the
Connie Francis hit
and unfair because the quality of her
records remained high year after year.
of 1958, she released a fabulous big beat
ballad. It's soon time to ring in the new,
and Jo Ann gets us in the spirit with the
Neil Sedaka - Howard Greenfield song
"Happy New Year Baby."
Jo Ann Campbell urged gals to get
a "Tall Boy." Bobby Darin wasn't
exactly tall (5' 9") but, as you might
have gathered from watching the
videos in this series, Bobby and
Jo Ann were lovers for a couple
of years before Bobby married
actress Sandra Dee. The vid
you are about to watch contains
for your edification.
uncharted B side of
killer guitar solo and effective use of a
male chorus, Jo Ann's "Beach Comber"
should have made waves on the chart.
Nothing - not even a ripple!