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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Friday, December 16, 2016

Soup's On: Shady's Dishing Out More Hot Campbell's To Welcome Winter!


Welcome to Pt. 3 of my salute

to one of the queens of pop,

rock 'n' roll and rockabilly...

Jo Ann Campbell!

Go, Johnny, Go! (1959) was one of the many
rock 'n roll movies produced in the late 50s
and early 60s. This one starred legendary
DJ/promoter Alan Freed and featured
 teen pop idol Jimmy Clanton whom
you'll see in the following clip.

Go, Johnny, Go! was released six months
before Clanton gained a top 5 hit with
"Go, Jimmy, Go." The musical lineup
of the film included Jo Ann Campbell.
In this scene Jo Ann takes the stage
and performs her latest release
"Mama, (Can I Go Out Tonite)."

"Mama (Can I Go Out Tonite)" 
(February 1959, uncharted,
scene from June 1959
film Go, Johnny Go!)

In Part 2 you listened to Jo Ann's 1959
single "Beach Comber." On the B side
of that platter is a cute novelty ditty
with male and female spoken parts.
It's a familiar theme in early 60s
teen pop songs: "I Ain't Got
No Steady Date."

"I Ain't Got No Steady Date" 
(July 1959, B side of
"Beach Comber")

Switching to ABC-Paramount in 1960,
Jo Ann waxed "Kookie Little Paradise."
 It's yet another novelty 45 and begins
with the sound of Tarzan's ape call.
"Kookie Little Paradise" was one
of only three Jo Ann Campbell
singles to make the chart.

"Kookie Little Paradise"
(Sept. 1960, highest
chart pos. #61)

In 1961 Jo Ann kicked her jets
and put the pedal to the metal.
The result was another novelty
rocker that used sound effects.
Meet "Motorcycle Michael."

"Motorcycle Michael" 
(Mar. 1961, uncharted)

Jo Ann was rockin' the blues in this
1961 single which paid tribute to
rockabilly star Duane Eddy
and his twangy guitar.

(October 1961, uncharted
B side of "Mama Don't Wait")

Hey, Let's Twist is another of those
quick and dirty "jukebox" movies.

This one milked the early 60s Twist
craze and starred Joey Dee and the
Starliters. The flick featured singing
and acting performances by Jo Ann.
Released on New Year's Eve, 1961,
Hey, Let's Twist marked the acting
debut of Joe Pesci, then only 18.

In the movie, curvaceous cutie Jo Ann
takes the stage, turned heads and begs
"Let Me Do My Twist." The boys in the
Peppermint Lounge were only
too happy to oblige.

"Let Me Do My Twist"
(from the 1961 movie
Hey, Let's Twist!)


Jo Ann Campbell married country singer
and guitar player Troy Seals, brother of
Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts, Dan Seals
of England Dan and John Ford Coley, and
Brady Seals of Little Texas/Hot Apple Pie.
Jo Ann & Troy recorded a couple of duets
together and in 1965 were regulars on
Dick Clark's Where The Action Is.
Soon after Jo Ann retired from
the music scene to focus
on raising a family.

Jo Ann Campbell was prolific and terrific.
She was also versatile, able to perform
rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, country style
ballads and novelty ditties with
equal dexterity.

Jo Ann's recordings on the Gone label
in particular are what I consider to be
shockingly good given the fact that
not one of those 14 sides reached
the chart. It's typical that I like
Jo Ann's uncharted records
more than her hits.

Jo Ann Campbell

was a real "Gone" gal.

Hopefully she will

not be forgotten.

Have a Shady day!


  1. It was fun to watch JoAnn sing and dance in those movies. I Ain’t Got No Steady Date is a cute song-- JoAnn sounds like another female singer on that one but I can’t think of which one. Can you help with that? The Kookie Paradise song with the Tarzan yell is a hoot! At first I didn’t think I was going to like it-- but it grew on me the more I listened. Motorcycle Michael was kind of racy-- if you will pardon the pun-- but another fun novelty song. I really liked that guitar blues record Duane. It reminds me of one of her songs from an earlier post. Let Me Do My Twist is an exciting number and JoAnn did a great job performing the dance. It’s a shame she retired from music at such an early age-- but I admire her for putting motherhood ahead of her career ambitions.

    Thanks for bringing us all of JoAnn’s best in this three part series-- I really enjoyed it!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for sitting down to enjoy a third steaming bowl of Campbell’s and promptly jumping up to dance.

      I had to laugh at that clip from the movie Go, Johnny Go. The usher and the teens in the audience were all rocking out and going crazy with excitement as they watched Jo Ann perform. That kind of hyped up exaggeration was typical in those low budget rock ‘n’ roll movies. By the way, that stern head usher was played by Joe Flynn who became famous for his role as the grumpy Captain Binghamton on McHale’s Navy.

      I too very much enjoyed “I Ain’t Got No Steady Date.” I think Jo Ann sounds like Kathy Young on that one:

      I’m a sucker for gimmicks and novelty records and my Pick to Click for this post is probably “Kookie Little Paradise.” It’s so bad that it’s great! You’re right. It grows on you… like a jungle vine! :) "KLP" was the first of Jo Ann’s records to make the chart and actually lasted two weeks longer on the Billboard survey than her biggest hit “Girl From Wolverton Mountain.”

      I also really dig the bluesy number “Duane.” You’re right. It sounds similar to “Come On Baby,” one of Jo Ann’s songs in part 1. “Motorcycle Michael” was rather risqué. Jo Ann reminds her motorcycle riding boyfriend that “making love” is easier in an automobile. Of course, back then, making love on a date was generally thought of as hugging and kissing. Yessum, Jo Ann did a fine job on her Twist number in that Joey Dee movie. Isn’t it an interesting piece of trivia that Joe Pesci had his first movie acting role in that flick at the age of 18?

      Thank you again for joining me for the part 3 series finale, Kathryn. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Tom, Thank you for sharing more on Jo Ann Campbell. You featured some of her tracks from 1959 and 1961. These are the birth years of DH and me. In the first track, I couldn't help but think of Jennifer Nettles as I watched Jo Ann perform. Of all of her songs here today, I think my personal favorite is Duane. I love that bluesy quality which she pulled off quite well and may be my top pick of all stuff I've heard in your three part series. Thanks for the mewsical education, my friend and have a joyful Christmas and happy new year!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you ever so much for making time for another visit during the holiday rush. I appreciate it!

      I'm excited to know that you found a Pick To Click for the entire three part Jo Ann Campbell series - "Duane," her tribute to the twangy guitar of Duane Eddy who gave us instrumental hits that included "Rebel Rouser," "Peter Gunn" and "Because They're Young." (In April Duane will be 79 years of age.) Perhaps Jo Ann would have become a major star singing the blues and nothing else.

      I'm very pleased that you found some of Jo Ann's mewsic to your liking, dear friend Cathy. Thank you again for coming over. Take good care of yourself, give thanks for your many blessings and have a wonderful Christmas!

    2. Tom,

      My heart is heavy with the news of your friend's passing. That comes at time when the world is filled with goodness and hope this blessed Christmas season. Please extend my condolences to the family. We shall keep them in our prayers, as well as for you.

      Let me end my thoughts with...Merry Christmas, my friend! I hope you and Mrs. Shady have warm, joyous holiday celebrating the love of a little baby who came to earth for the redemption of all mankind!

      God bless you & your sweet wife!

    3. Thank you ever so much, dear Cathy, for your words of comfort along with these warm and sincere holiday wishes. I wish you and your family all the same. I am very thankful to have your friendship as we bring 2016 to a close and prepare to begin a new year.

      Please take good care of yourself, dear friend Cathy, and thank you again for your cheery visits and kind words.

      God bless!

  3. Hey Shady! Well, I've had some computer problems today, then just as I hit enter on the first comment here, it told me I had no internet connection, and shut me down. I am pretty ticked off, they were doing updates, and I guess when I got up to fix dinner, the system took over and lost my comment to you! Drats!!!

    Wow! Jo Ann really did a lot of work for someone who just didn't get so much recognition. It looks like she was well enough known and out there, I still don't recognize her though. But I must have seen here at some point. I did see a movie with Joey Dee and the Starliters in the late 90's. There was a TV program Karo and I would watch that would show some of the 1950's rock and roll movies. Bruce Dern even hosted a few of them on a show called "Drivein ...something or other. It was on Saturday nights for a while. That was a good video of her "let me do my Twist.!" It's so fun to see the videos now, when they weren't always available to the public years ago. And, I didn't go to the movies much in the 60's, so I probably missed some of them. I didn't watch "Where the Action is" very much. I was going downtown with friends, and, after I started driving, I was really shopping around, lol! Don't worry, I was careful and behaved some!

    Soooo, my fav has to be "Duane". Jo Ann almost takes on another personality here. The song and Her voice is toned down to a soulful, and sultry style. You can see her strolling across the stage, lowering her head every and, then, stopping abruptly to snap it backward, kind of smirking! Well, anyway, it's a good bluesy tune, and great to dance to.

    Shady McCampbell, you really brought together a great presentation of a lady who, and I agree with you, Jo Ann's 'no charted songs' are better than any that charted. But, who really did a lot that we knew so little about! I'm sure she is proud to have been a part of some of the greatest music, and, associated with some of the great entertainers. I would be!

    Well, it's been a busy day, and, kind of stressful. I've enjoyed my visit here this evening with Joey Dee, Jo Ann and 'Duane'. Our temps got in the 70's today...go figure! We started out in the 40's last night...I give up! You take care now, I can't promise what the weather will be like in the morning-but, I'll love every minute of that early coffee break! See you soon, dear friend! ♫

    1. Howdy, Suzanne!

      Thanks a lot for coming by, dear friend, to experience the series finale of Campbell's Classics. Are you surprised that I declared CLASSIC FRENCH ONION the winner? :)

      WHAT??? The dog ate your homework? :) I'm so sorry to hear it. That has happened to me more times than I can count and it has taught me to back up my comments just in case of a system failure. Thank you very much for taking time to write a second comment. What a great one it is!

      I am currently watching Bruce Dern and a cast of other fine actors in the HBO series Big Love. I highly recommend it.

      I got to know Jimmy Clanton, star of the movie Go, Johnny Go, and the teen idol who shortly thereafter had a hit record with "Go, Jimmy Go," during the early 70s when he worked at a radio station in Central PA hosting an oldies show. I used to phone in song requests and chat with him.

      You, Mrs. S and Cathy Kennedy (above) all fancy "Duane" and I am not about to argue with any of you because I think it's a refreshingly different downtempo recording that features the bold sound of a Duane Eddyesque guitar and has Jo Ann singing in an atypical bluesy style. As I told Cathy, Jo Ann might have had more success as a blues vocalist.

      Yessum, like many of the artists I present here on SDMM year after year, Jo Ann Campbell was terrific (and prolific), but slipped through the cracks. She coulda been, woulda been and shoulda been a major star.

      Our weather has been seesawing back and forth, too. It was delightfully cool for a week, but now we have the a/c working OT again. I can't wait for winter to begin so I can wear some of my long sleeve shirts when I go outside! :)

      THank you again for devoting so much of your time to Shady McCampbell, dear friend Suzanne. Say hello to Scootie Potter for me and have a safe and happy weekend!

  4. Hi Shady,

    I really like Joann Campbell. I'm glad you made these posts because I discovered many great songs!

    Have a great weekend, dear friend!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for dropping in, dear friend!

      I'm pleased that you had the chance to listen to all 18 songs in this series and that you came to the conclusion that you like Jo Ann Campbell.

      Thanks again and have a great weekend yourself, dear friend JM!

  5. Ah, another JoAnn Campbell installment: just the ticket for this Saturday morning. My favorite is I Ain't Got No Steady Date. That was a cute song.
    Boy, Motorcycle Michael was shocking for the time, mentioning making love. I was surprised to hear that and amazed that they let that fly back then. Especially from a female singer. Racy!

    I would think that JoAnn was a little disheartened by the time she retired with so few of her songs charting. You mentioned that Kookie Little Paradise charted. At what position? I'm curious. That's too bad she didn't have more hits. She put a lot of heart and soul into her songs. Your series has proven that she was a prolific singer/performer though.

    Thanks for introducing her to many of us. Interesting family that she married into too...

    Have a wonderful Saturday Shady!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thanks so much for swinging by on a Saturday, dear friend. I'm happy to see you!

      I'm glad you singled out "I Ain't Got No Steady Date" because it's one of my favorites, too. I wish I knew who the "Burt" or Bert" was in the song. I was thinking it might be Bert Convy, the host of several TV game shows who started his career singing rock 'n' roll in a 50s vocal group called The Cheers. Their hits included "(Bazoom) I Need Your Lovin'" (1954) and "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots" (1955). It might not be that same Bert but I never miss a chance to pass along a few pieces of trivia. :)

      Yessum, "Motorcycle Michael" was a bit racy for its time, but we need to remember that, back then, making love meant "making out" - hugging and smooching - at least in the minds of concerned parents listening to such songs. You might recall that the song "Makin' Whoopee" (another euphemism for sexual intimacy) was popular in the late 1920s.

      I'm thinking that stiff competition from the Beatles and other bands of the British Invasion had a lot to do with Jo Ann's mid 60s retirement. Thanks to the moptops, bands were "in" and many solo artists and vocal groups were "out." Jo Ann also got married around that time and wanted to raise a family.

      "Kookie Little Paradise" actually did pretty well for Jo Ann, cresting at a modest #61 but staying on the Billboard chart 9 weeks - two weeks longer than her bigger hit "Wolverton Mountain." I'm sure a good number of Jo Ann's sides, even the uncharted ones, showed up on the top tunes surveys of local and regional radio stations. Some probably reached very high positions on those charts.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this series on Jo Ann Campbell, dear friend Michele. Thanks again for coming and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  6. I really enjoyed listening to these songs as I have read blogs yours and others nice so thank you

    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      How are you, my dear Australian friend? I'm pleased to see you this morning (going on 7:30 am Sunday your local time).

      I'm delighted to know you enjoyed my three-part 18 song concert by 1950s/60s songbird Jo Ann Campbell. She was a little bit country and a lot of rock'n' roll and I'm happy to know that she is getting her props in the 21st century.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind comment, dear friend Jo-Anne. Enjoy what's left of your weekend!

  7. So i'm sure this comes as big surprise but my favorite was Motorcycle Michael followed by Let me do my twist. I was not a fan at all of Kookie Little Paradise. Cool that she married into a music family. I am very aware of the band Little Texas.
    Got back from NYC yesterday and it was colder in Dallas than it was there. Crazy! I love it though. Only a few of us get excited about cold weather. I hate being hot!
    Have a great day Shady

    1. Hi, Holliwood N. Vine!

      Thank you very much for swinging over for a visit, dear friend!

      I'm happy to know you returned safely from The Big Apple. I hope you enjoyed yourself up there and witnessed another great performance by the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. It is odd that the temperature in NYC was milder than back home in Texas. Here in Florida we have had precious few cool days so far this season and we hope there will be a few more before springlike weather arrives around the first of March.

      I'm glad you had time to check out the part 3 finale of my series spotlighting the best recordings of Jo Ann Campbell and that you enjoyed "Motorcycle Michael" and "Let Me Do My Twist," the song from the rock 'n' roll movie Hey, Let's Twist.

      Thank you again for making time to drop by, dear friend Holli. I wish you guys a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

  8. Wow you covered so much of her music!

    1. Hi, Mike!

      I picked 18 of what I consider to be Jo Ann's best sides - 6 songs per post. I hope you enjoyed learning about this artist and listening to her diverse singing styles.

      Thanks, good buddy!

  9. You make sure these artists aren't forgotten with your music tributes to them and giving us, who never heard of them, an education! I enjoyed her "date" and "twist" numbers the best. I told my brother Phil about your blog and I know he'll be by to listen to your songs and he was really interested in the Shady Dell story. That was his era so I'll be interested to see what he thinks. BTW, he was a wonderful twist dancer! I doubt he'll comment but you never know! He's back in Florida for a little while before heading back to Panama. Have a great week Shady! Enjoy your warm days while we roast more than chestnuts up here!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming, dear friend!

      I'm pleased to know that you like a couple of songs in this third set of Jo Ann Campbell ditties, namely "Steady Date" and "Twist." How well I remember the Twist craze of the early 60s. When everybody's parents started doing the dance, kids were eager to move on to the next dance and, as the 60s unfolded, many more followed. Chubby Checker alone gave us "The Hucklebuck," "Pony Time," "Dance the Mess Around," "The Fly," "Limbo Rock," "Popeye the Hitchhiker" (the Hitchhike), "She Wants T' Swim," "Do the Freddie, and "Hey You Little Boo-Ga-Loo."

      I would be delighted to have your brother Phil as a follower. Over the years women have greatly outnumbered men on my roster of friends and I would be honored to have Phil, a guy who grew up during the same time period as Shady, join the fun and contribute to the discussion.

      Yessum, we're running the air conditioner again today and dreaming of a white Christmas or, at the very least, more seasonal temperatures. :)

      Thank you again for making time for a visit during your busy Christmas week, dear friend YaYa. God bless!

  10. I enjoyed the video and song for Let Me Do My Twist. I like the accompaniment. There's something cool about having a saxophone in a band. I couldn't help but think, that even though those people are probably in their twenties, they look so much older than people in their twenties today. Interesting how times change.

    Wishing you and your wife a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thanks for coming over to check out Part 3 and for contributing these great observations to the discussion.

      The sax is a cool instrument, that's for sure, and it was essential to the sound of the dance tunes played at the popular New York City disco The Peppermint Lounge in the early 60s.

      Did you read that actor Joe Pesci (later of Goodfellas, JFK and My Cousin Vinny) had his first uncredited acting role in Hey, Let's Twist?

      I agree that the teenagers depicted in those old jukebox movies were probably played by 20-somethings (or even 30-somethings) and that they also looked much older than today's 20-somethings.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Sherry. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas, too!

  11. She has quite the booty! I had to giggle in that last clip where her sexy take didn't quite jive with her singing lips:) I do like the first song you posted here and I like the Blues number which showcases the different styles she was trying. It just shows how many early rock singers were around and most don't know them me. It reminds me of the the silent film greats who started in the business and made it huge only to be forgotten now. She was near the beginning of the rock and roll scene and made it possible for many female vocalists later on. Now....did you ever hear of the wonderful Viola Dana??

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Welcome back, dear friend, and thank you very much for coming! I'm glad I caught your comment on this post because it's one of your very best.

      Yessum, Jo Ann could shake her booty, and I can see why Bobby Darin was attracted to her. It was all lip sync in those el-cheapo rock 'n' roll movies of the 50s and early 60s and, quite often, the lip flap did not match the sound.

      I'm happy to know you got a lot out of the three part series on Jo Ann Campbell and appreciated her versatility.

      I needed to Google Viola Dana because I wasn't familiar with her. (It's funny, because the "smart" function automatically picked "Viola Davis," star of the current TV series How To Get Away With Murder.) I see that Viola was a star of the Edison silent films and made more than 100 pictures but, like many other stars of the silent screen, couldn't make the transition to talkies. Viola was married to an Edison director who died in the flu epidemic of 1918. Our very own Margaret Schneider, "The Oldest Living Dell Rat," was also stricken with the influenza at that time (at age 6) and survived. Margaret is still with us, ready to turn the corner into another new year and heading toward her 105th birthday!

      Thank you very much for your visit and great comment, dear friend BB!


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