A Sad Word from James

dear friends in the folk community,

hamliton camp passed away last night. evidently from a heart attack. for those of you who knew him, this is a profound loss. for those who didn’t, hamilton was there as the great folk scare began. judy collins opened for hamilton and his partner bob camp at the gate of horn in chicago.

there is also a recording of one of their concerts there. it is called gibson and camp at the gate of horn. since that time in the early sixties, he wrote, performed and toured as well as evolving into a fine actor, whose work could be seen in beatty’s heaven can wait amongst countless others. he was also a guest twice on the tv series mash.

we had been friends since we performed together at the earl of old town in chicago in the mid seventies, he with the skymonters and me solo.

last summer he called and asked me to produce a recording of him that was dedicated to his lovely wife rasjada who had passed away over two years ago. he came in, utterly prepared and performed the songs with so much heart, i suggested that we record him live, voice and guitar and then have the other musicians simply play afterwards and just serve his performances. both he and his son ray told me that no one had ever captured him so spot on. only this past friday, hamilton and i just finished the cover art and copy for the album beachwood recordings will be releasing the cd in november. it is called sweet joy. i think he was just staying here to finish this recording for rashada and then, when he knew it was all done, he slipped away.

he was a wonderfully funny, charming and talented man and one of my dearest friends. the world is a poorer place without him in it.

you can post me here if you want to send an email to his family. he is survived by a wonderful group of children and grandchildren. he was a blessed man.

For those who are interested in obtaining Hamilton’s last CD, here is the info:

Hamilton Camp / Sweet Joy Songs:

Song of the Wandering Angus
Long Train
Nothin’ But the Blues
New Beginnings
Highway Man
Sittin on a Roof Top
Celts/Go No More A Rovin’
Pride of Man
Ring Them Bells
Sweet Joy

Musicians: Hamilton Camp, Paul Barrere, Ken Lyon and James Lee Stanley

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