UPDATED: 4-13-2014

Ray's video logo If you've never seen rockabilly pioneer Ray Campi slap that bass - even as he climbs on top of it - you're in for a treat. We can't send Ray over the Internet, but through the use of RealAudio & animated GIFs (from video footage) we'll show you why he's so popular around the world!



THE LATEST


SHOWS

April 12, 2014: Ray Campi's 80th birthday celebration and concert at Cody's Cantina in Burbank, CA, was a big success. Ray played an hour-long set featuring all of his most famous songs. A full house was on hand to watch Ray, as well as guests Rip Masters, Buzz Campbell, Glen Glenn, Jimmy Lee Maslon, and Johnnie Mae. Several people were filming parts of the show, so you might be able to find clips on YouTube and elsewhere. PHOTOS TO COME! Click to see full-size flyer:



RAY CAMPI DISCOGRAPHY UPDATED AGAIN

Ray Campi's DISCOGRAPHY was updated again on July 7, 2013, to include the new Ray Campi CD The Rollin' Rock Recordings: Vol. 1 and two tracks on a local Los Angeles compilation CD called LA Americana Nightlife: So-Cal Sounds 2013 (which was actually released in December 2012).

 


RAY CAMPI WRITES ABOUT SLIM WILLET

Click to read I LET THE STARS GET IN MY EYES (Remembering Slim Willet) by Ray Campi.


MORE VINTAGE PHOTOS FROM RAY'S SCRAPBOOK

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MORE VINTAGE CARS

Two of Ray Campi's vintage cars, a Lincoln Continental and an AMC Concord, photographed by Andrew Martinez:

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MOVIE AND TV MUSIC

  Ray Campi music is available for film/television!

Film and television soundtrack producers might be interested in examining Ray's extensive recording discography, from 1949 to the present. Many styles of honest quality music are represented in this collection, such as film and theatre, (Dim Cafés), Standards, Blues, and his favorite genres, traditional Country and Rockabilly Music.

Hundreds of songs are featured on over 75 releases and may be heard on scores of the world's popular downloading services on the World Wide Web.


CLICK TO READ 3/30/2012 AUSTIN CHRONICLE COVER STORY ABOUT RAY CAMPI


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1949 LYRICS

Ray Campi recently came across these original 1949 lyrics manuscripts (click to enlarge):


NEW "TEXAS TORNADOS" CD

  This new 2-CD set is a great representation of early Texas Rockabilly.
Included is Ray's 1956 recording of "Caterpillar."




IAN WHITCOMB

  Ray's pal Ian Whitcomb is featured on the cover of the 7/26/2012 issue of Pasadena Weekly (click to read article).




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NEW INTERVIEW

Click to read Jonny Whiteside's RAY CAMPI INTERVIEW from the April 15, 2012, edition of the Glendale/Burbank News-Press & Leader.


NEW "KING" RECORDINGS

Ray Campi's latest CD is Ramblin' Ray's Favorite King Country Stars. It's a tribute to the male recording artists who were on the King Records label. This 24-song collection clocks in at more than 66 minutes. In the old days of vinyl, this would have been released as a double album. Here are four songs that you can hear on YouTube:

I'LL SAIL MY SHIP ALONE       PAN AMERICAN       TAXES TAXES TAXES       UNCLE SAMMY

Click the thumbnail images below to see full-size cover art and song listing from the rear cover.

     


PHOTOS OF RAY CAMPI AT RONNIE MACK'S BARN DANCE: 2011-2012

Click to see photos!


NEW INTERVIEW

See michaelcorcoran.net for an extensive new interview Ramblin’ Ray Remembers: Austin music in the 1950s, posted September 7, 2011.


"D" SINGLE REMAKE

Ray Campi has just recorded note-for-note remakes of the two songs from his "D" label single - "Ballad of Donna and Peggy Sue" and "The Man I Met" - and the record is now being prepared for release. The new recordings are of much higher fidelity than the original sessions, which Ray says were done with inferior microphones, and the new tracks are in stereo.


RAY CAMPI AT GENE VINCENT TRIBUTE SHOW

Ray Campi was one of the performers at a recent tribute to Gene Vincent at Joe's Great American Bar and Grill in Burbank on October 12, 2011, which was the 40th anniversary of the late singer's death. Ray reports that the show was a big success, with fans coming from all parts. Two of Gene Vincent's relatives were in attendance. Rip Masters and Ronnie Mack were among the many other performers on the bill.


NEW PHOTOS: RAY CAMPI AT MOTORAMA!

CLICK HERE for photos of Ray Campi performing at the Motorama vintage car show in Long Beach on October 1, 2011.


NEW RAY CAMPI VIDEO CLIPS ON YouTube

CLICK HERE for links to nine high quality YouTube clips of Ray Campi live at the Motorcycle Gang Jamboree in Bologna, Italy, August 2011.


CHRISTMAS SONGS ON iTUNES AND YouTube

See Ray Campi & The Sidekicks on iTunes to download these seasonal songs:

  • Somebody Took My Teeth On Christmas Evening
  • Christmas Cheer
  • Rockabilly Christmas
  • White Christmas
  • Let the New Year In Your Heart

There are also videos on YouTube for two of these songs:


RAY CAMPI RECORDS AT CANTERBURY RECORDS

Ray has put quite a few records on consignment at Canterbury Records in Pasadena, California:

805 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101-2192
626-792-7184


RAY CAMPI RECORDING WOODY GUTHRIE TRIBUTE

 
Ray Campi's next release will be a tribute to Woody Guthrie.
See DISCOGRAPHY for track listing and musician credits.
Here are photos from a June 23, 2010, recording session in which
Ray brought in Lisa Finnie to add backing vocals on several songs:
Lisa Finnie in studio with Ray Campi 6/23/2010


NEW JIMMIE SKINNER TRIBUTE CD

 
This new release includes 25 favorites plus a spoken message from
Jimmie. See DISCOGRAPHY for track listing and musician credits.


RAY CAMPI VOCAL ON NEW ANDY LEE LANG CD

 
Andy Lee Lang's new CD "Rockin' with My Friends" (available from
Vertrieb Hoanzl) includes a vocal duet with Ray Campi on the song
"Drunk Up Again." Click the CD cover for complete track listing.


NEW RAY CAMPI INTERVIEW

There is a new Ray Campi interview at artofslapbass.com. Ray answered questions submitted by e-mail from Djordje Stijepovic.


NEW PHOTOS

Photos of Ray Campi performing at the Ronnie Mack's Barn Dance 22nd anniversary show on January 4, 2010, have been posted on MySpace and Facebook (take your pick). Other performers included Russell Scott, Rick Shea, Big Manny, the Vaquetones, Lisa Finnie, David Serby, Maureena, Rip Masters, 50˘ Haircut, the Groovy Rednecks, and Jeffrey Michaels.

Photos from Ray Campi's September 5, 2009, show at The Airliner were also posted on MySpace and Facebook (take your pick). Here's a sample from that show:


NEW KEVIN FENNELL CD's

Kevin Fennell, lead guitarist in Ray Campi's band since the 1970s, has just released two new CDs:

  Ray Campi plays upright bass on Kevin Fennell's new CD Boppin' Sparky and the Sparkle-Billies. Other musicians include DJ Bonebrake, Joel Powerharp Gossman and Luther Boom Boom Jackson.
REVIEWS:
  * Blue Suede News
  * BlackCat Rockabilly Europe

  Kevin Fennell's new CD HARD ROCKIN' HEAD KNOCKIN' features the same band (Bonebrake, Gossman and Jackson). Ray Campi does not play on this one, but the cover photo shows Kevin playing a guitar solo during Ray's show at the Airliner in September 2009.
REVIEW AND ORDER INFO:
  * BlackCat Rockabilly Europe


KEVIN FENNELL RECORDINGS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

Ray Campi writes:

To all my friends worldwide,

I am very happy to have a role in bringing the music of Kevin Fennell to the world through computer downloading.

Kevin, an amazing guitarist, and in recent years a songwriter, music producer and vocalist, entered my life when he joined my Rockabilly Rebel band in 1977. Two tours of England followed shortly, and our close friendship has advanced since that time as we still perform live and record together.

If you enjoy Rockabilly, Blues Guitar, Country Music and Good Ol' Rock & Roll, give a listen to the amazing nine CD's of Kevin Fennell.

You can order his songs or whole albums from Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster, i-Tunes or e-Music.

ENJOY!!

"Rockabilly Rebel" Ray Campi


NEW TRACKS WITH JUNGLE TIGERS

     

The Jungle Tigers have a new 15-track CD Goo-Goo Muck (On Stage Records/Greece, OSR 017) which includes Ray Campi singing lead on "Tennessee Rock & Roll." In addition, there is a 4-song vinyl EP "Apeman Boogie" (Sleazy Records/Spain, SR-11), which includes that song as well as Ray singing lead on "My Heart Is Achin' For You" (the James Inveld song). A third song that Ray recorded with the Jungle Tigers, "You're A Heartbreaker," will be included on Worldwide Rockers Vol.2, an international rockabilly compilation to be released later this year by the German label Rebel Music.


VINTAGE CAMPI PICS IN 'NOW DIG THIS' MAGAZINE


 

The March 2009 issue of Now Dig This magazine features Ray Campi on the cover, and includes previously unseen photos from the second UK Rollin' Rock tour of 1979. Click the magazine cover for details how to order.


U.K. 2008 PHOTOS

(CLICK TO SEE ORIGINAL UNCROPPED PHOTOS)
Ray Campi played at the Americana International music festival on July 13th, 2008. The band included Ray's longtime lead guitarist Kevin Fennell (seen here on the left).

Here, Ray and Kevin pose with their British bandmates. Left to right: Mark Spreckley (drums), Dave Brown (piano), Ray, Kevin, Paul Paterson (rhythm guitar).

U.K. 2007 PHOTOS

Here are photos from last year's Americana International (July 7th, 2007).

CLICK TO SEE FULL-SIZE PHOTOS:


RAY CAMPI IS NOT DEAD!

Ray Campi wants everyone to know that "all rumors about my being dead are lies!"   Ray would like to thank his friends for worrying about him.


NEW "WEEKEND LOVE" CD (2008)

See the Discography for song listing.


RAY CAMPI TRACK ON "ALAN CLARK'S ROCK & ROLL SHOW" CD


  ALAN CLARK'S ROCK & ROLL SHOW
Includes the Ray Campi song
"Can't Bare To Be Without You"

NEW CD:   RAY CAMPI & THE BELLHOPS


  RAY CAMPI & THE BELLHOPS
Recorded recently in Europe!
Featuring 13 great songs.
(Click CD for track listing.)
Available from
www.raucousrecords.com

NEW DVD:   REBEL BEAT: THE HISTORY OF L.A. ROCKABILLY


  REBEL BEAT: THE HISTORY OF L.A. ROCKABILLY
Available from
RebelBeat.com or Betty-Vision.com

NEW RAY CAMPI COMPILATION CD "CULTURAL WARRIOR"


  RAY CAMPI: CULTURAL WARRIOR
A compilation of songs from 1966-2006.
Ray sings about the evils of the music
industry and the joys of rockabilly.
(Click CD for track listing.)

NEW RAY CAMPI CD "WITH FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY: AUSTIN TO L.A."


  RAY CAMPI WITH FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY:
AUSTIN TO L.A.
Coming soon on SCANNA AB, this is an
expanded version of Ray Campi's classic
1988 release "With Friends In Texas."
Guests include: Bonnie Raitt, Merle
Travis, Lou Ann Barton, Chris O'Connell,
Mae West, Johnny Legend, Ronnie Mack,
Del Shannon, Harvey Campi, Rosie Flores
Rip Masters, Tony Conn, Harold Layman,
Hank Snow, Kevin Fennell, Orville Nash,
Rose Maddox, Pep Torres, Vivian Worden.
(Click CD for track listing.)


RAY CAMPI TRACKS ON "ROLLIN' ROCK GREATEST HITS, VOL. 1" CD


  ROLLIN' ROCK GREATEST HITS, VOL. 1
This new Swedish compilation includes
"Rockabilly Man" and "Rockin' & Rollin'
Towards Tennessee" by Ray Campi.
(Click CD for track listing.)


RAY CAMPI TRACK ON "VIVA LAS VEGAS ROCKABILLY WEEKEND #9" CD

  VIVA LAS VEGAS ROCKABILLY WEEKEND #9
This new compilation CD contains Ray Campi's
"What Have I Done," featuring Pat Reyford.
The 30-song collection also includes tracks
by Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms, Dustin Chance
& the All Nighters, The Stargazers, The Go
Getters, The Hi-Q's, Cari Lee & The Saddle-ites,
Lew Williams, Amber Fox, Rip Carson, Cordwood
Draggers, Two Timin' Three, Crazy Joe & His Mad
River Combo, The Stardust Ramblers, Art Adams,
Santos, The Stumbleweeds, Jimmy Sutton's Four
Charms, Arsen Roulette & The Drugstore Romeos,
Hi Strung Ramblers, The Hellzaboppers, Sonny
Burgess, and Omar & The Stringpoppers.

Ray has been fortunate enough to have appeared
at this great Tom Ingram festival three times!


RAY CAMPI TRACK ON "ROCKABILLY LIVES" CD

  ROCKABILLY LIVES
This new compilation CD contains Ray Campi's
"Rockabilly Music." Also featuring tracks by
Big Sandy, Kim Lenz, Deke Dickerson, The
Blasters, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Rosie
Flores, Sonny Burgess, Charlie Feathers,
Mac Curtis, Johnny Carroll, Billy Lee
Riley, and Gene Vincent.


RAY'S NEW "JESSE JAMES" CD!

  RAY CAMPI
The Memory Lingers On
Remembering Jesse James And All The Boys
CD with 24-page booklet
Now available from Bear Family Records


RAY CAMPI APPEARS ON NEW KEVIN FENNELL CD

  KEVIN FENNELL
Rock-A-Billy Boom Bam!
This solo release from Ray Campi's longtime lead
guitar player features Ray on five songs . Other
guest musicians include DJ Bonebrake, James
Wilinski, and Joel Gossman.
* REVIEW: rockabilly.nl
* REVIEW: rockabillyeurope.com
* HOW TO ORDER


RAY CAMPI'S JOB HISTORY

Ray writes...

Recently I looked back and reviewed the various jobs I'd been engaged in over the years. I was surprised by the results:

1942 - on-street auto security provider
1944 - Christmas tree cutter and seller
1945 - shoe shine boy
1946 - restaurant counter man
1947 - pin boy in bowling alley
1948 - theater usher
1948 - theater candy stand operator
1948 - motion picture projectionist
1948 - carnival ride operator
1949 - gas station discount coupon salesman
1949 - football program salesman
1949 - floor covering mechanic
1951 - country music band leader
1951 - country music radio entertainer
1952 - telephone equipment installer
1953 - parking lot attendant
1955 - shirt shop salesman
1957 - songwriter for music publisher
1957 - power plant instrument technician
1959 - music publishing executive
1959 - theater assistant manager
1960 - theater janitor
1961 - restaurant waiter
1963 - western film set entertainer
1963 - record company owner and manager
1963 - department store clothing salesman
1964 - motion picture food caterer
1965 - commercial truck driver
1965 - auto spray painter
1967 - bulldozer operator
1967 - secondary school teacher
1982 - boutique owner and operator
1999 - substitute school teacher
2004 - auto parts deliverer

If I'm lucky, one of these days I'll find the time to pursue my music career.

---Ray Campi


NEW SONG WITH COUNT SMOKULA

Count Smokula (http://www.countsmokula.com) has written and recorded a new song with Ray Campi. Click the link below to hear the RealAudio clip:

ROCKABILLY COUNT


MORE PHOTOS

Recently found at an L.A. area garage sale, this vintage 1975
P.R. print from the Rollin' Rock record label shows Ray
performing at Gil's Club in 1951. Left to right: Doug
Burton, Ray Campi, Leon Hankins, and Bert Rivera.
 


  Ray Campi, photographed
in Austin, 1985,
by Niles J. Fuller.


Dan Summers from San Jose writes:
"I was looking over your Ray Campi web
site, and I'd like to share my personal
story. My mom's friend Pam Guite was
married to him around 1970/71, and he
visited our house on June 25 1971. Here's
a picture my parents took [I'm the baby]."
 


   
Doo-Dah Parade in Pasadena, California.
(November 23, 2003)

Ray Campi making friends in Barcelona.
(June 2003)


ANOTHER RECENT CD


CLICK TO SEE FULL-SIZE COVER ART

To order, send $15 check or Money Order ($20 international) to:
Real Music, P.O. Box 250425, Glendale, CA 91225-0425, USA


RAY'S PREVIOUS CD

The new Ray Campi/Tony Conn CD, High School Hellcats Reunion, is now available!   The CD contains 15 great songs.   It can be ordered directly from Ray.   Send $20 check or Money Order (post paid worldwide) to:   Real Music, P.O. Box 250425, Glendale, CA 91225-0425, USA.

CLICK TO SEE:   * Booklet front/back (page 1/4)
* Booklet inside (page 2/3)
* Back of CD (song list)

  Ray also appears as a guest on Andy Lee Lang's "Together" CD. The CD features Ray's song "Lucky To Be In Love," plus 21 other tracks.
CLICK FOR RAY'S REVIEW AND HOW TO ORDER

MORE PHOTOS

CLICK TO SEE FULL-SIZE PHOTO

May 25, 2001: at Fuel club in San Jose, California
Darrin Stout (guitar), Ray Campi (bass), Philippe Aubuchon (drums), Kevin Fennell (guitar)

New Year's Eve 12/31/2000 a The Derby:
Kevin Fennell, Pep Torres, Ray
At The Derby on July 2, 2000: Pep Torres (left),
Ray, D.J. Bonebrake (drums), Kevin Fennell

Here's Ray with Lefty Frizzell at the filming of a Town Hall Party television show (Compton, California) in 1961. Pep Torres and Ray Campi
at The Derby 4/16/2000.
Kevin Fennell, Ray's guitarist on tour and on record during the 1970s and early 80s, joins Ray (and Rip Masters) again for their show at The Derby 4/16/2000.


Flyers from Ray Campi's tour of Japan in summer 2001:     FLYER #1     FLYER #2


FOR MORE PHOTOS SEE:
THE RAY CAMPI PHOTO ARCHIVE


DOES PAT BOONE BELONG IN THE R+R HALL OF FAME?

CLICK to see Ray Campi's reponse from Original Cool magazine (June/July 2000).


HANDBILL FROM AUGUST 2000 SHOW IN LONDON

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to see
full-size
handbill


COUNTERFEIT 45

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to see
full-size
record
Ray says that this is a pretty good imitation
of his 1950s "Caterpillar" single.



DOWNLOAD RAY'S ANTI-RAP SINGLE!


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NOW AVAILABLE IN BOTH MP3 AND RealAudio FORMAT!



RealAudioTM CLIPS

These are complete songs, not excerpts!


UNTIL YOU'RE MINE
(Thanks to Dee Lannon for permission to use her song!)


ROCKABILLY MAN             LUCKY TO BE IN LOVE

SEPARATE WAYS
(duet with Rosie Flores)
FRANCE (unreleased demo)
(with co-writer Diz Disley on guitar)


Also, check out some of Ray's Christmas music:

ROCKABILLY CHRISTMAS
SOMEBODY TOOK MY TEETH (On Christmas Evening)
CHRISTMAS CHEER
LET THE NEW YEAR IN YOUR HEART


Don't have the RealAudio player? Click on the RA icon to download it for free.



RAY CAMPI CD'S & VIDEO

Cover art from eight Ray Campi CDs and a video

These are just few of the Ray Campi recordings that are in print. Click anywhere on this graphic to see a complete summary of what's available.


OFFICIAL RAY CAMPI BIO

For over 40 years, Austin, Texas, native Ray Campi has persisted in performing and recording his Texas roots music and is respected worldwide where many know of him as the King of Rockabilly, although his repertoire includes blues, Western swing, hillbilly, rock and roll, and classic ballads of theater and film.   ->continued->

GIF of Ray's official bio



PIONEERS OF ROCK by RAY CAMPI


Ray Campi has met or worked with nearly all the early pioneers of what came to be known as rock 'n' roll. Here are some articles he has written about some of them:

REMEMBERING BUDDY HOLLY

JACKIE LEE COCHRAN

ELVIS IN KILLEEN

ELVIS AT PARAMOUNT (part 1) / (part 2)

GENE VINCENT REMEMBERED

MERLE TRAVIS REMEMBERED (part 1) / (part 2) / (part 3)

RAY CAMPI'S REFLECTIONS ON THE GRAMMY AWARDS

Ray also conducted an interview with one of his own influences, pre-rock country legend Jimmy Heap, who first popularized "Wild Side of Life" and "Release Me," and has paid tribute to the music of Jimmy Heap with his CD "Taylor, Texas."

-- JIMMY HEAP INTERVIEW


See Ramblin' With Ray at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame site for more stories by Ray Campi!



THE MASQUERS CLUB


Besides music, Ray Campi also has a longtime interest in classic movies. He actually knew and worked with Mae West, and has recorded interviews with numerous other showbiz luminaries over the years.

In the early days of cinema, there was a Hollywood social club known as the Masquers Club. All the major stars, directors and producers were members and participated in private shows put on at the Masquers clubhouse. The organization still exists, although not on the scale it once did. And Ray Campi is a member.

Ray has a separate page for the Masquers Club. It contains info about the club and nearly two dozen photos of some of the biggest stars of Hollywood's golden age, including Jimmy Stewart, Bing Crosby, Edward G. Robinson, Buster Keaton, Frank Capra, Mack Sennett, Jack Benny, George Burns, Cesar Romero and James Cagney.

The page also includes a full-length RealAudio clip of Mae West singing "Frankie and Johnny" at a Masquers show.



RAY'S LINKS


MORE RAY CAMPI PAGES:

Ray Campi - Rockabilly Hall of Fame page
Ramblin' With Ray - more stories by Ray Campi
Ray Campi on Facebook
Ray Campi videos on YouTube
Forum Rock City Boogie: Ray Campi
Ray Campi on MOG
Ray Campi on AllMusic.com
NPR: My Fellow Americans - RAY CAMPI (December 25, 2003) - hear a radio profile of Ray Campi
Wikipedia: Ray Campi
Ray Campi, Grand Marshal of Rockabilly - tribute site based in the Netherlands
Google News Groups Search Results: Ray Campi - links to recent posts that mention Ray Campi
ElectricEarl.com pages with photos of Ray Campi:

FRIENDS & HEROES:

Sonny Burgess
¡Esperanza! (Ray Campi plays on her album)
Kevin Fennell [Rockabilly Hall of Fame page]
Rosie Flores:
Glen Glenn
Skip Heller [blog]
Buddy Holly Center - Lubbock, Texas
Wanda Jackson:
Andy Lee Lang
jerryleelewis.com [official site]
The Maddox Brothers & Rose (Cowgirl's Dream site)
Masquers Club
Rip Masters [official site]
Miss Wolff's Jiving School - in Montreal, Canada
Roy Orbison [official site]
Painted Sound - production company involved with Ray's recent recording projects
Elvis Presley (Elvis.com) [official site]
Kimmie Rhodes
Rockabilly Hall of Fame
The Rockabilly Homepage
Merle Travis Tabs (guitar tablatures based on his recordings)
Yahoo! list of rockabilly sites


MORE LINKS ARE ON THE RAY CAMPI: CD'S AND VIDEO PAGE



WRITE TO RAY CAMPI

RAY CAMPI - REAL MUSIC
P.O. BOX 250425
GLENDALE, CA 91225-0425



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