Contemporary acoustic folk music from
the legendary Hamilton Camp. Never a recording with more heart.
Partnered with the reknowned Bob Gibson in the sixties to create
the celebrated Gibson & Camp at the gate of horn recording.
This is the final recording by the legendary Hamilton Camp. Completed
by Hamilton and producer James Lee Stanley, Hamilton passed away
on October 2, 2005.
October 3 , 2005 —A 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 back in
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, Hamilton 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 quite a series
of characters on such tv shows as Mash and the Mary Tyler Moore
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. he asked, "is there anything else i have
to do?" i told him no that it goes to manufacturing and beachwood
recordings will be releasing the cd in January. Hamilton went home
and passed away over the weekend. I think he was just staying here
to finish this recording for Rasjada and then, when he knew it
was all done, he slipped away.
But his triump is this cd. It is called sweet joy. we are proud
to be a part of his legacy. 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.