Ambrose Campbell

(1919—2006) musician and bandleader

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b. Oladipupo Adekoya Campbell, 19 August 1919, Lagos, Nigeria, d. 22 June 2006, Plymouth, Devon, England. Raised in a religious household, Campbell spent all the time he could listening to the tales and music of seafarers, gaining musical knowledge and ambitions at the cost of rejection by his strict father who was a minister. Thereafter, he was raised partly in the home of political rebel Herbert Macaulay but eventually went to sea. This was during World War II and his visits to the UK prompted the decision to stay even though his new home town, London, was undergoing air attacks. Soon after the war’s end he formed a band, with fellow guitarist Brewster Hughes, which toured the UK with Les Ballets Nègres. He began playing guitar and, again with Hughes, was with the West African Rhythm Brothers. Campbell also worked extensively with Caribbean musicians resident in London and was soon a well-known figure in London’s new and lively cultural mix of the 50s and 60s. He also became a regular associate of London’s leading jazz musicians.


From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.

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