Cecil Campbell

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Cecil Robert Campbell (March 22, 1911 - June 18, 1989) was an American steel guitarist. Cecil Campbell was the leader of Cecil Campbell & The Tennessee Ramblers (refer also to a separate writeup of The Tennessee Ramblers). They were RCA Victor recording artists for many years, having started with them in 1934 and were still with them by 1951. Cecil earned a reputation as a steel guitar player and as you might know, some of his popular tunes had a Hawaiian flavor to them, such as "'Neath Hawaiian Palms", "Hawaiian Skies", "Little Hula Shack In Hawaii", and "Hawaiian Moon". He could also handle the banjo, guitar and vocals. In the early 1950s, they did an unusal number called "Spooky Boogie". Cecil was looking for an "...unusual hollow type of rattling sound designed to send cold chills rushing down the spine." He couldn't find that sound on the musical instruments. But as fate would have it, one of the members of the Tennessee Ramblers had false teeth and that mysterious sound that appears on the tune "Spooky Boogie" was made by a pair of chattering false teeth. The flip side of that disk was another unusual tune called "Steel Guitar Dig." That record was the follow up to his "Proud Papa Polka" and "Serenade To The Winds." By 1951, Cecil was living in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Katherine and their daughters, Joretta Kay, and Linda Lee. From there, he traveled to New York for his recording sessions usually. The Southern Attractions Booking Agency kept him busy performing in the south. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.