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Joseph L. Campbell, also known as The Legendary Red Dog, (March 27, 1942 - February 21, 2011) was a roadie for The Allman Brothers Band[1] at different times over a thirty-year span.[2] He wrote The Legendary Red Dog: a Book of Tails about his years as a roadie.[3] In the movie Almost Famous by writer and director Cameron Crowe, Zack Ward played the character "Red Dog", based on Campbell.

Before embarking on a career as a roadie, Campbell was a decorated Vietnam veteran attending college. After hearing the slide guitar piece Duane Allman added to Aretha Franklin's recording of "The Weight", Campbell was determined to see Allman perform solo. After the show, he stayed behind to tell Allman how much he admired his work. He later recalled that it seemed as if the Pied Piper was calling him and that music never sounded the same to him afterwards.

In the early days, Campbell would contribute his disability checks from the government to the band, which considered its road crew an essential part of the Allman Brotherhood.[4]

Early yearsEdit

Campbell served in the Marine Corps and was wounded in action during the Vietnam War, receiving the Purple Heart medal. He also was a professional firefighter.

Later lifeEdit

He was retired and living in Macon, Georgia at the time of his death.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Poe, Randy (2006). Skydog: the Duane Allman story. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-87930-891-9. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  2. ^ Alan Paul (24 February 2015). One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. St. Martin's Press. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-250-04050-3.
  3. ^ Joseph L. "Red Dog" Campbell (1 January 2001). The Legendary Red Dog: A Book of Tails. Independent Publisher. ISBN 978-1-4675-8099-1.
  4. ^ Gregg Allman (1 May 2012). My Cross to Bear. HarperCollins. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-06-211204-0.