Remembering Jimmy Campbell (April 28, 1963 – October 24, 2003) came along on the bluegrass scene when many of the older legends were looking for fresh blood to fill out the ranks of their groups. Thus greenhorn fiddler Jimmy Campbell was able to play with Bill Monroe, as well as with Jim and Jesse McReynolds and many other well-known bluegrass artists. Jimmy Campbell joined the Blue Grass Boys in 1990 when Billy Rose left and ‘Tater’ Tate switched from fiddle to bass. Tragically, Jimmy Campbell’s career was cut short when he died of carbon monoxide poisoning on October 24, 2003. At the time of his death Campbell was working on an album with Rosey Carter, daughter of June Carter Cash, who also died with Campbell.
About the authorI enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie