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RIP, Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell (February 21, 2011) Legendary Roadie For The Allman Brothers

Posted by on February 21, 2011

Joseph Campbell
March 27, 1942 – February 21, 2011

Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell was the beloved longtime roadie for the Allman Brothers Band.  While in college after returning for Vietnam, Campbell was so moved by the electrifying guitar work in Aretha Franklin’s recording of “The Weight,” that he sought out the young guitar player, Duane Allman. And after seeing the Allmans perform, he offered to go to work for them.   He even went as far as to help support the band with his monthly disability checks during their lean early years.  Over the next 30-odd years, Campbell was a loyal and hard working member of their crew.  He later wrote of his exploits in his memoirs,  The Legendary Red Dog: A Book Of Tails.  In the 2000 film Almost Famous, the roadie for the film’s fictional band, Stillwater was named Red Dog in honor of Campbell.  Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell died of cancer on February 21, 2011.  He was 68.

Thanks to Craig Rosen at Number1Albums

One Response to “RIP, Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell (February 21, 2011) Legendary Roadie For The Allman Brothers”

  1. clark bush said

    The friends and family of Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell are hosting a musical memorial weekend to honor and celebrate his life. On Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Cox Capitol Theatre, there will be a ceremony honoring Red Dog’s Marine Corps service followed by a night of music in tribute to his life-long passion for music and his selfless contribution and service to the The Allman Brothers Band. On Saturday, April 23 the tribute will continue at The Big House Museum with an afternoon of more music and a special evening concert by Col. Bruce Hampton.

    Net proceeds to benefit The Estate of Joseph Lawrence “Red Dog” Campbell and Pine Pointe Hospice, Macon, GA. Entry to The Big House Museum on Saturday is $10, however, presenting your ticket stub from the concert at the Cox Capitol Theatre on Friday will give you free admission until 5 pm. At 5 pm the museum will close until 6 pm when the gates to the backyard will open for a Col. Bruce Hampton show. Admission to this show is $10.

    Here are the details:

    Friday, April 22 2011
    The Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second Street, Macon, GA
    Tickets on sale now at or at the box office or by calling 478-257-6391
    $20 general Admission, $12 admission if under 21 years of age
    Tables and floor seating $50 a seat
    7pm Doors open
    7:30 Color Guard Ceremony
    8pm Musical tribute featuring:
    The Lefty Collins Band
    Bonnie Bramlett
    Dustin McCook
    Paul Hornsby
    Plus very special guests

    Saturday, April 23 2011
    The Big House Museum, 2321 Vineville Avenue, Macon, GA
    Doors open at 9am
    Admission $7 or free with concert ticket until 5pm
    Gates to backyard open 6 pm
    7 pm – special performance by Col. Bruce Hampton
    $10 admission

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