Saturday, October 28, 2006

Jimmy Campbell "Son of Anastasia" (UK Folk 1969)

Jimmy is one of the great, undiscovered talents of the Mersey scene. A singer songwriter Merseyside can be proud of and an artist to compare with singer songwriters such as James Taylor.

Jimmy joined a group called the Tuxedos in the late 1950s and in 1961 they changed their name to the Panthers. During 1963 they were appearing regularly at the Cavern and compere Bob Wooler suggested they change their name to the Kirbys, which was the area of Liverpool they came from. The group decided to turn professional in 1964 and at one time were managed by Brian Epstein's former secretary, Beryl Adams. The group had their first single, 'It's A Crime' c/w 'I've Never Been So Much In Love' (RCA (E) 11 66), penned by Jimmy, issued in Finland in 1966, a country in which they had a large following. During the same year they provided backing for the Merseys (the duo of Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley, former members of the Merseybeats). During 1968 they changed their name to the 23rd Turn Off.

Jimmy penned 'Michelangelo c/w 'Leave Me Here I Want To Stay Forever' as the group's single, which was issued on Deram. Following its lack of success Jimmy left the music business for six months, then returned to record an album for Fontana, 'Son Of Anastasia' (Fontana STL 5508), which was issued in 1969. The tracks were: 'When I Sit Down To Reason'/ 'Mother's Boy'/ 'Another Vincent Van Gogh'/ 'Penny In My Pocket'/ 'Bright Side Of The Hill'/ 'Dear Marge'/Lyanna'/ 'They All Came Marching Home'/ 'On A Monday'/ 'Lovely Elisa Cope Is Dead'/ 'You'll Break My Heart In Two'/ 'Tremendous Commercial Potential'/ 'Adrian Henri's Party Night'/ 'Another Springtime's Passed Me By'/ 'Michelangelo'/ 'Painting A Song'. A single 'On A Monday' c/w 'Dear Marge' (Fontana TF 1009) was also released that year. Two further singles, 'Lyanna' c/w 'Frankie Joe' (Fontana TF 1076) and 'Don't Leave Me Now' c/w 'So Lonely Without You' (Fontana 6007 025) were issued the following year. ~Mersey Beat



Anonymous Aufpet said...

Many thanks for the Jimmy C album, Lizardson. The Kirkbys were, in 1965 and 1966, a frequent visitor to Finland, opening for Herman’s Hermits, etc. “A large following” is, perhaps, a slight exaggeration, since neither of their two singles (listed in the “Price Guide for Finnish Vinyl Records” as “‘Cos My Baby’s Gone/She’ll Get No Lovin’ That Way”, RCA Victor FAS 942, and “Don’t You Want Me No More/Bless You”, FAS 948) charted. Still, I quite liked Campbell’s “Half-Baked” back in the early 70s… :)

29 October, 2006 18:40  
Blogger Jenerator said...

Thank`s for this one I love Jimmy!
I was in contact with a neighbour of his who said Jimmy does`nt play much these days but is happy people stuff.

02 November, 2006 07:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Been looking for this one!

02 November, 2006 08:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much!! I've been scouring the shops and the internet for even a damaged copy -- one swiss fellow had a copy for $75 -- too rich for my blood. I've even written to reissue labels to pressure them into putting this record out; hopefully it will be re-released someday. From what I've heard so far, it's a lovely album.

03 November, 2006 04:17  
Blogger Rediffusion360 said...

A great album by the wonderful Jimmy Campbell. Check out his MySpace page here:

14 June, 2007 11:46  
Blogger Crabmonster said...

Great, great album.


27 October, 2008 16:28  
Blogger geert said...

Thank you so much. Been looking so long for it.

18 September, 2009 03:36  

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