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Jo Ann Campbell

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Jacksonville, Florida, USA (1956 – 1966)

Jo Ann Campbell, born 20th July 1938 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA began attending music school at age 4, winning honors as a drum majorette at Fletcher High School. In 1954 she traveled Europe as a dancer, then to New York, where she joined the Johnny Conrad Dancers, making TV appearances on Milton Berle, Ed Sullivan and Colgate Comedy Hour.

In 1956, she decided to concentrate on becoming a singer. She won her first recording contract with RKO-Point Records in New York and released her debut single “Where Ever You Go” / “I’m Coming Home Late Tonight” in 1956. It was unsuccessful and she later signed with Eldorado after performing at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. She wrote and released her second single, “Come On Baby” in 1957. Later that year she released “Wait A Minute”, appeared at the Brooklyn Paramount and on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.

In the early days of rock ‘n roll “girl singers” scored their biggest successes with sweet songs about boyfriends like “Frankie”, “Johnny Angel”, and “Teddy”. Jo Ann Campbell was something of an exception. Although she could pine after her dreamy boyfriend with the best of them, could also rock with an abandon usually reserved for the boys from down South.

Jo Ann grew up loving jazz and rhythm & blues, and unlike a lot of the guys, she later wrote many of the songs she recorded.

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