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Junior Campbell (born William Campbell, 31 May 1947, Glasgowmarker, Scotlandmarker), is a Scottish composer, songwriter and musician. He was a founding member, lead guitarist, piano player, and singer with the Scottish band, Marmalade and co-wrote and produced some of their biggest successes including "Reflections of My Life", "I See The Rain" and "Rainbow".

He also wrote and produced his own solo hits, "Hallelujah Freedom" and "Sweet Illusion". Campbell is also known for composing music for film and television drama, and as an arranger and producer for many musicians including Barbara Dickson. He is also known for co-composing the music and lyrics for the children's TV series, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends and TUGS.

Biography

He grew up in Springboig, in the east end of Glasgow, and was educated at Thorntree Primary in Greenfieldmarker and Eastbank Academy in Shettlestonmarker.

As a youngster, Campbell had a distinct unique style of guitar playing, whereby he played left-handed, with the strings upside down, right hand strung - tuned to "open E". He joined Pat Fairley to form Dean Ford and The Gaylords, on his fourteenth birthday in May 1961, (later to become Marmalade in 1966), acting as lead guitarist, piano player, and singer.

With Marmalade, he co-wrote] and produced the multi million selling "Reflections of My Life", "Rainbow" and "I See the Rain" amongst others, in a line of hits from 1967 to 1971. Campbell's reverse tape guitar solo on "Reflections of My Life" and "I See the Rain" are particularly noteworthy - the latter was Jimi Hendrix's favourite cut of 1967.

Tired of touring, Campbell left Marmalade in March 1971. During the 1970s he had two self penned solo records released, both of which, "Hallelujah Freedom" (#9) (1972), (with Doris Troy on backing vocals), and "Sweet Illusion" (#15) (1973) made Top 20 chart appearances in the UK Singles Chart.

He then studied orchestration and composition with Eric Guilder and Max Saunders at the Royal College of Musicmarker and became an arranger/record producer for many artists including Barbara Dickson, arranging and producing her first hit single and album, "Answer Me". He also arranged and conducted Dickson's performances in her first season run on the BBC One's The Two Ronnies in 1977.

Campbell has composed music for television drama and film, including the 1989 war film That Summer of White Roses (starring Tom Conti and Rod Steiger, Susan George and Alun Armstrong); and the 1994 BAFTA winner Taking Over the Asylum, which starred Ken Stott, David Tennant and Elizabeth Spriggs.

He also composed the music for the 1998 BBC Television adaptation of the Minette Walters murder mystery, The Scold's Bridle, starring Miranda Richardson, Bob Peck, Siân Phillips, Douglas Hodge, Trudie Styler, and Beth Winslet.

However, more recently, he is perhaps most notable for co-writing the music and lyrics for the children's TV series, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends and TUGS.

Campbell lives near Horshammarker in Sussex with his wife Susie, and has three children and three grandchildren.

Discography - Singles

Discography - 45 rpm Singles

Title Cat No. Release Date
"Goodbye Baby Jane" c/w "If I Call Your Name" Deram DM 344 October 1971
"Hallelujah Freedom" c/w "Alright With Me" Deram DM 364 October 1972
"Sweet Illusion" c/w "Ode To Karen" Deram DM 387 June 1973
"Reach Out ( an' Help Your Fellow Man )" c/w "Pretty Belinda" Deram DM 403 October 1973
"Sweet Lady Love" c/w "If I Could Believe You Darlin'" Deram DM 414 May 1974
"Ol Virginia" c/w "Wullie Sings The Blues" Deram DM 424 October 1974
"Carabino Lady" c/w "Southern Man" Rocket Records ROKN 509 April 1976
"Here Comes The Band" c/w "Pick Up" Rocket Records ROKN 514 August 1976
"Baby Hold On" c/w "Long Long Road" Rocket Records ROKN 518 January 1977
"Highland Girl" c/w "Climb On Board" Private Stock Records 141 February 1978
"America" c/w "Radio Man" Private Stock Records 171 September 1978
  • All songs written by Junior Campbell - except "Baby Hold On" (co-written with Len (Chip) Hawkes)


Album discography

  • Second Time Around - 1974 - Deram Records SML 1106
  • Second Time Around - 2001 - Sanctuary Records CMDDD 398 compilation containing original Deram album and all Deram/Private Stock singles, plus selection of previously unreleased tracks.


References

  1. Allmusic.com - Marmalade songs
  2. Allmusic.com discography

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