Campbell, Archie James, AF2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
PH-0000-Photographer's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Photographer's Mate
Service Years
1942 - 1945
PH-Photographer's Mate

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Contact Info
Home Town
Bulls Gap, TN
Last Address
Powell, TN

Date of Passing
Aug 29, 1987
Location of Interment
Glenwood Cemetery - Powell, Tennessee
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Not Specified

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Last Known Activity
After graduating in 1936, Campbell, a singer, guitarist and comedian, gained his first radio experience on WNOX Knoxville, where he appeared on theTennessee Barn Dance andMid-Day Merry-Go-Round. In 1937, he moved to WDOD Chattanooga, where he remained until he joined the US Navy in 1942.

After the war, he resumed his career and in 1952 he had his own television show on WATE Knoxville. In 1958, he joined the Grand Ole Opry where, changing both his image and style, he became a smartly dressed, cigar-smoking performer on the ‘Prince Albert’ segment of the Opry. One of his gimmicks consisted of narrating stories and reversing the letters in the names, such as ‘Rindercella’ and ‘The Bleeping Beauty’. He also performed serious numbers and had chart success with ‘Trouble In Amen Corner’ (which he wrote), ‘The Men In My Little Girl’s Life’ and a duet with Lorene Mann entitled ‘The Dark End Of The Street’.

In 1969 he moved to the syndicated Hee Haw television show where he not only became a star of the series but also the chief scriptwriter.

He later became the host of the popular network television interview show Yesteryear In Nashville.

During his career he recorded for RCA, Starday, Elektra and Chart. Away from country music, he was a poet, a sculptor and painter and an excellent golfer. Campbell died of a heart attack in 1987.

Liked to paint in oils in private life.
He served for many years on the Knoxville, Tennessee Board of Education until his death.
His RCA Victor single "Trouble in the Amen Corner" was a top-25 single on the Billboard Country Charts in 1960.
A talented amateur golfer, he founded one of the first lighted golf courses in the United States.
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Navy Service:
Little is known of his service during WWII, Except he was in the  Atlantic Fleet Camera Party, stationed in Bermuda taking pictures of ships from a tug for shake down cruises that were going through gunnery drills. Him and the photographers would be on the tow tug that towed the gunnery tareget.
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