Just Jack

The Life and Music Ministry of Jack Campbell

by Betty Burris & Charlene Campbell



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/28/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 172
ISBN : 9781490826677
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 172
ISBN : 9781490826660
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 172
ISBN : 9781490826684

About the Book

“I will always have great memories of Jack Campbell. The first song we ever recorded of his was titled ‘Jesus.’ It became the Rambos first number-one radio song. We enjoyed recording many others, such as ‘Oh What a Happy Day’ and ‘March Around The Throne.’ Jack was a great songwriter and a fine Christian gentleman.” —Buck Rambo

Jack Campbell was the creator of the nation’s number one southern gospel song for seven consecutive weeks in 2012: “I Know a Man Who Can,” as recorded by Greater Vision. Jack was the seventh son in a poverty-stricken rural Swifton, Arkansas, family. His childhood years during the Depression Era were characterized by tragedy, isolation, poverty, and “Hand-Me-Downs.” As an orphan, Jack thought he was in a suburb of Heaven when his brother, Bill, moved Jack and his own family to Gideon, in the bootheel of Missouri. Bill would pastor the Assembly of God Church while raising Jack as if he were his own son, rather than as his younger brother.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, gospel radio was filled with his music. Many of the industry’s top artists, including the Rambos, the Inspirations, the Speer Family, the Kingsmen Quartet, and soloist, Governor Jimmie Davis, filled their albums with Jack Campbell’s music. More recently, country legend George Jones recorded “I Know a Man Who Can.” In his forty-plus years of traveling, he mentored over forty-five teens and young adults. His son, Chris, a great bass guitar player and songwriter, would go on to play for the Happy Goodman Family. A young Gene McDonald, the great bass singer of the Florida Boys (and the Gaithers), would spend time as a part of the Ambassadors, singing tenor. —Gary O’Neal, The Absolutely Gospel Website

About the Author

Charlene and her sister, Betty Burris, grew up listening to and appreciating Jack Campbell and his music. After his passing, they combined their knowledge and skills to create this work and promote his legacy. Betty is a retired teacher, school administrator, and published author, and she now lives in Ellisville, Missouri.