John Hampton at the Pub

September 11, 2013


John Hampton came to Chesterwood Village in 2007 for knee rehabilitation, and stayed to become a regular performer on Chesterwood’s Main Street.  John’s recording of "Shadow Blues," on the United Artists record label (see above) earned him honors in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.  He and his band recorded the song on the United Artists record label in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1957. 

John played a 1965 D-35 Martin Guitar that was bought and presented to him by Haven Gillespie, who wrote "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Honey," and the music for the movie "Niagara."  Back in the 1950s, John’s band consisted of lead guitarist Phillip Miles (who played with Faron Young) from St. Charles, Virginia, steel guitarist Jep Hall from Pennington Gap, Virginia, and bassist Roy Peters from Woodway, Virginia.

Born into a coal mining family in Harlan County, Kentucky, John worked in the mines before joining the U.S. Army at age 17.  He served in War II and the Korean War.  After his military service, John returned to Cincinnati and played rock and roll music at the Kenmill Café in Walnut Hills for six years, recording two songs in 1957; "Shadow Blues" and "Honey Hush."  He worked at Tasty Bread Bakery before retiring from General Motors.  John makes his home in West Chester, Ohio, and is loved by his fans around the world.


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