Cecil Campbell was the leader of the Tennesse Ramblers (refer also to
a separate writeup of the Tennesee Ramblers). They were RCA Victor recording
artists for many years, having started with them in 1934 and were still
with them by 1951.
Cecil earned a reputation as a steel guitar player and as you might know,
some of his popular tunes had a Hawaiian flavor to them, such as "'Neath
Hawaiian Palms", "Hawaiian Skies", "Little Hula Shack In Hawaii", and
"Hawaiian Moon". He could also handle the banjo, guitar and vocals.
In the early 1950s, they did an unusal number called "Spooky Boogie". Cecil
was looking for an "...unusual hollow type of rattling sound designed to
send cold chills rushing down the spine." He couldn't find that sound
on the musical instruments. But as fate would have it, one of the members
of the Tennessee Ramblers had false teeth and that mysterious sound that
appears on the tune "Spooky Boogie" was made by a pair of chattering
false teeth. The flip side of that disk was another unusual tune called
"Steel Guitar Dig." That record was the follow up to his "Proud Papa Polka"
and "Serenade To The Winds."
By 1951, Cecil was living in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Katherine
and their daughters, Joretta Kay, and Linda Lee. From there, he traveled
to New York for his recording sessions usually. The Southern Attractions
Booking Agency kept him busy performing in the south.
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 12, June 1951, Charlton Publishing Corp.,