|Jo-Ann Campbell, The Blonde Bombshell|
Jo-Ann Campbell was born in Jacksonville, Florida, July 20, 1938. In 1942 when she was only four years old she entered a music school and when she entered Fletcher High School in Jacksonville, she was an accomplished drum majorette, winning many honours. In 1954 Jo-Ann traveled Europe with the USO as a dancer, later returning to New York and joining a modern jazz group called the Johnny Conrad Dancers. They appeared on the Milton Berle Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour and other TV shows. She then formed a dance team named The Haydens, but she quit dancing in 1956 and decided to sing.
She obtained a contract with Eldorado Records after appearing at Harlem's Apollo Theatre in 1956. After finding nothing suitable to record, Jo-Ann wrote a song titled "Come On Baby" and released it in 1957 on Eldorado Records. She also appeared on Jocko's Easter Show in New York that year, followed by an engagement with Alan Freed at the Brooklyn Paramount. Changing record companies, she released "Wait A Minute" on Gone Records in December of 1957. It was also at this time that she made numerous appearances at the Brooklyn Paramount and on Dick Clark's American Bandstand Show in Philadelphia. She also appeared in the movie "Go Johnny Go" singing two songs. After having released seven singles on Gone (six of these singles were later released on the END LP "I'm Nobody's Baby") she switched labels again, releasing "Kookie Little Paradise" on ABC Records in the fall of 1960.
In 1961 she starred with Joey Dee in the movie "Hey Let's Twist". It was filmed at the famous Peppermint Lounge in New York and also featured The Starlighters, Teddy Randazzo, and The Peppermint Loungers, among others. A soundtrack album was released. In August, 1962 she released one of the best-selling answer records "I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain" as an answer to Claude King's "Wolverton Mountain". Jo-Ann's single climbed Billboard's Hot 100 to position 38. In the early 60's Jo-Ann married Troy Seals, a record producer for Atlantic Records. They recorded and released, in December 1964, "I Found A Love, Oh What A Love", billed as Jo Ann & Troy. After this she was more or less leaving the business.
Big Bopper Bill, 1983