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Johnny Campbell

John Richard Campbell aka (Johnny Campbell) was born on March 26th, 1947 in Christchurch, New Zealand, and spent his early years as a chorister in the Christchurch Cathedral Choir (1955-60).  His musical career began in 1962 with a group which was known as The Torments.  This was followed by the long-running Johnny Campbell and The Detours, a group which started on the church dance circuit and wound up with residencies at Surf City, The Laredo Nightspot and ultimately The Mecca Nitespot.  The Detours recorded on the Robbins Recordings label.  The group's first single was Murphy The Surfie // April In Portugal (RRSP36), followed by their biggest single My Girl // I Just Can't Go To Sleep (RRSP54).  Johnny Campbell and The Detours played at Max Merritt's parents Carlyle Street Sunday Youth Club as a community service, and opened for The Rolling Stones, in Christchurch (1965).

 
  Johnny Campbell and The Detours (Surf City)

Surf City

Johnny Campbell and The Detours (Laredo Nitespot)

The Laredo Nitespot

Johnny Campbell and The Detours (Carlyle Street)

The Carlyle Street Teenage Club

 
Johnny Campbell and The Detours (5-piece)

Johnny Campbell (Lead Guitar), Trevor Wright (Bass Guitar), Jim Phillips (Saxophone), Paul Sargison (Rhythm Guitar), John Clinton (Drums)


  Johnny Campbell and The Detours (Carlyle Street)

The Carlyle Street Teenage Club

Johnny Campbell and The Detours (Laredo Nitespot)

The Laredo Nitespot

Johnny Campbell and The Detours (Laredo Nitespot)

The Laredo Nitespot

 
Johnny Campbell and The Detours (4-piece)

John Clinton (Drums), Trevor Wright (Bass Guitar), Johnny Campbell (Lead Guitar), Brian Bligh (Rhythm Guitar) and ultimately Larry McKay (Rhythm Guitar)


  With The Individuals

With"The Individuals" 43 years on .....

With Backpack and Anthony Easterbrook-Carter

With "Backpack" supporting Anthony Easterbrook-Carter

With Roy Phillips

Recording in Roy Phillips' "Groove Room"

 
  Cooper T-59 JFJ 1962

John Campbell's 1962 Cooper T59 Formula Junior Mk3 at Ruapuna

Joh Campbell in race garb

Dressed for the job ...

Lola T-340 FF 1974

John Campbell's 1974 Lola T340 Formula Ford at Ruapuna

 
 

John Campbell is also well known in classic motor racing circles, having raced a 1962 Cooper T59 Formula Junior Mk3 and a 1974 Lola T340 Formula Ford.  The Cooper raced extensively in New Zealand and latterly in Europe, whilst the Lola's racing career under John's ownership was confined to New Zealand.

 
 

Additional Johnny Campbell and The Detours information can be found on the Johnny Campbell and The Detours website, and the linked image galleries

 
 

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