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Column #48 - published August 5, 2001


THE UNSTOPPABLE
RAY CAMPI
It is thanks to Ray Campi & His Rockabilly Rebels that the Standup Slappin' Bass, abandoned by most Rock'n'Roll acts in the late 1950s, returned on the scene in the mid 1970s, and has continued to surge in popularity to this day.

For several years Ray rented a room in my house in Van Nuys, and I could observe first hand the incredible dedication and stubborn tenacity of this man.

Not only Campi recorded many LPs on his own but he also played almost all instruments on albums by Mac Curtis, Chuck Higgins, Jackie Lee Cochran, etc., etc.


Ray Campi brought guitar genius MERLE TRAVIS to record at Rollin' Rock!


For the hundreds of hours of service to those other artists and to Rollin' Rock Records he asked for absolutely nothing!! Indeed the way Ray looked at it, we were in a war, and he volunteered his services! No pay was necessary in this war to promote Real Rock'n'Roll against the onslaught of the Sick-sties groups!

It was in 1974 that Ray Campi recorded "Rockabilly Rebel", song which spawned the Rockabilly Rebel movement of thousands of teenagers all over the world, especially strong in England and even more so in Finland.

After the song was recorded, a whole album followed, "Rockabilly Rebel", on Rollin' Rock LP-006 which was released in 1974. Ray Campi plays all the instruments on this album. Another version of "Rockabilly Rebel" was recorded by Ray, this time being backed by his whole band, The Rockabilly Rebels, on the album "Wildcat Shakeout", and released in England on Radar Records. And later "Rockabilly Rebel" was re-released in America by Rounder Records on the album "Gone, Gone, Gone".



Ray Campi with Tony Conn: two maniacs in action!!


After I took a "sabbatical" of about 13 years from recording, Ray continued to record on his own, spending much of his salary as a school teacher to record and release on his own Rock'n'Roll, Rockabilly and Country records and CDs.

He just finished putting together a TONY CONN CD which will be soon released on his label, Real Music. That's right, Ray doesn't just record and promote himself, but continues to spend money, energy and time promoting many other artists of Real American Music.

Almost 30 years have now passed since I met Ray Campi, and the man hasn't changed a bit, with his unwavering dedication to Rockabilly Music still intact.

Ray is going on a two weeks tour of Japan, country where he is idolized. Check out the cool posters in this Column!



This is a poster of Ray Campi's upcoming Japanese tour.
Read the caption at the bottom:
WE RESPECT ROLLIN' ROCK RECORDS!!!!
I just love the Japanese Cats!!



Another great poster of Ray' s upcoming Japanese tour!


Always Rollin' The Rollin' Rock,
Rockin' Ronny Weiser
The Rockabilly Rebel Westerner From Las Vegas, The Wild Wild West!



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THE ARCHIVES OF
RONNY'S ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME COLUMNS

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001


Col. #47 for 07/01 - BILL HALEY'S COMETS ROCK THE FOURTH OF JULY
Col. #46 for 06/01 - PAUL GALAXY AND THE GALACTIX AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. #45 for 05/01 - Second Annual Viva Las Vegas Picture Show
Col. #44 for 04/01 - WHAAAAAAT, NO ROCKABILLY!!!?????!
Col. #43 for 03/01 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 2001
Col. #42 for 02/01 - ELVIS: Never Forgotten
Col. #41 for 01/01 - MACK STEVENS + HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS + POISON OKIES
Col. #40 for 12/00 - WHATEVER HAPPENED TO COUNTRY MUSIC?
Col. #39 for 11/00 - KATS LIKE US
Col. #38 for 10/00 - JERRY LEE LEWIS IS 65<
Col. #37 for 09/00 - THE STARLIGHT DRIFTERS
Col. #36 for 08/00 - ALVIS WAYNE AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. #35 for 07/00 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA 2000
Col. #34 for 06/00 - THE CHOP TOPS AT ROLLIN' ROCK!!
Col. #33 for 05/00 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 2000 PIX!
Col. #32 for 04/00 - DRAGSTRIP77: TEARIN' IT UP!
Col. #30 & #31 for 02/00 & 03/00 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 2000!
Col. #29 for 01/00 - ROCKIN' 2000!
Col. #28 for 12/99 - JOHNNY AND THE BLADES AT ROLLIN' ROCK!
Col. #27 for 11/99 - AN UPDATED IMPROVED SOUND?
Col. #26 for 10/99 - TIME TO RECLAIM "THE ROCK"
Col. #26 for 10/99 - TIME TO RECLAIM "THE ROCK"
Col. #25 for 9/99 - YOUNG ROCK AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. #24 for 8/99 - COMETS RECORD AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. #23 for 7/99 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
Col. #22 for 6/99 - FINLAND IS A ROCKABILLY LAND!
Col. #21 for 5/99 - THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
Col. #20 for 4/99 - ROCKABILLY REBEL: A SHORT HISTORY
Col. #19 for 3/99 - PINBALL MILLIONAIRE
Col. #18 for 1/99 & 2/99 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 1999
Col. #17 - 12/98 - INTERNATIONAL ROCKABILLY REBELS MEET & GREET
Col. #16 - 11/98 - GROOVEY JOE POOVEY: Reminiscing
Col. #15 - 10/98 - CHARLIE FEATHERS
Col. #14 - 9/98 - NARVEL FELTS AT ROLLIN' ROCK!
Col. #13 - 8/98 - IT'S WESTERN WEAR!
Col. #12 - 7/98 - THE JORDANAIRES
Col. #11 - 6/98 - ROCKABILLY HOF - 15,000 HITS!!
Col. #10 - 5/98 - MAC STEVENS RECORDS AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. # 9 - 4/98 - VIVA LAS VEGAS
Col. # 8 - 3/98 - KAY WHEELER
Col. # 7 - 2/98 - 10 ROLLIN' ROCK CDs
Col. # 6 - 1/98 - SAM COOKE
Col. # 5 - 12/97 - LAS VEGAS IS A 1950's TOWN
Col. # 4 - 11/97 - GOD BLESS TEXAS
Col. # 3 - 10/97 - FATS DOMINO
Col. # 2 - 9/97 - RAB DISCUSSION GROUP
Col. # 1 - 8/97 - 25 YEARS OF ROLLIN' ROCK RECORDS