Alex Campbell Biography

1925 (although 1923 and 1928 have also been listed), d. January 1987, Denmark. Campbell, nicknamed ‘Big Daddy’, and ‘Le Cowboy d’Ecosse’ in Europe, learned his trade by busking in London and Paris. Although he was not a ‘technical’ folk singer, he sang from experience and with feeling. He built up a strong European following, and consequently worked extensively in Scandinavia and Germany, establishing himself as one of the leading figures in the European folksong revival. Campbell is believed to have recorded over 100 albums, and one of his early songs, ‘Been On The Road Too Long’, is regarded by many as a classic. Several of his recordings are still used for guitar tuition. Standouts among the many songs Campbell covered during his long recording career included Eric Bogle’s ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’, Tom Rush’s ‘No Regrets’, and Allan Taylor’s ‘Old Joe’. Campbell was renowned for his drinking habits, which contributed to his death in 1987, although since the early 80s throat cancer had curtailed his performing career.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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