Artist Focus: Jimmy Campbell

Some artists leave a legacy that stretches far beyond a great single or a number 1 album.

Artist Focus is a new series hosted by the extended Melodic Distraction family that deep dives into the life and times of the musicians that have defined the sound of modern music. From the stone cold classics to the unearthed gems and forgotten B-sides, our community tribute an hour of music by a single artist that has had a notable impact on their life.

Jimmy Campbell was a very under-appreciated talent from the thriving Mersey scene during the ’60s and ’70s. Described as the ‘eras lost songwriter’, he never quite managed to push through to mainstream success, though he gained a lot of admiration from many of his contemporaries.

A man with a lost legacy, he’s rarely considered when it comes to discussing the musical talent Liverpool has produced over the last half century, despite his songwriting being on par with some of the best. This episode takes a journey across his life and work, from his band supporting the Beatles in the early 60’s to his exploratory solo work in later life.