Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Kampus Kids (Ensign)

The Kampus Kids were from the Virginia Beach, Virginia area. "Leave Me Alone" has a slight Buddy Holly sound. The song made it all the way into the top five on radio station WNOR in Norfolk, Virginia in 1961. Even though the song was extremely popular regionally it failed to achieve success nationally.


  1. A delightful, slightly weird record... very well produced by Buck Ram, but still with that peculiar regional vibe. Made my night!

  2. It's interesting that Buck Ram produced The Platters on Mercury, and this label design borrows pretty heavily from Mercury's 1961 era logo.

  3. This comment is made to say what a great musician RICK PALMER was.I met him in '62 when this record was on the charts in Norfolk.VA. the Kampus Kids broke up and I joined Rick and Jerry as their drummer.At that time we were the Coachmen.From that time on Rick was my best friend as well as Jerry.Soon we made the record on JD label Diary of a teenage bride--All of your love,as RICK AND THE LEGENDS.The next record was a remake of Leave me alone --and a new song I wonder why.Then United artists had us cut I WONDER WHY and a new song Rick wrote,LOVE ME LIKE I KNOW YOU CAN on the UA label.I hope people continue to enjoy this music as I do.Rick was a great guy. Charles'BUZ ' Rose.

  4. Thank you so much Charles for providing the info about the Kampus Kids. I appreciate that, I had no idea. I have never heard the remake of Leave me alone but I have heard Diary Of a Teenage Bride and I wonder why, both are very nice songs. I was thinking that Rick also made the rockabilly record on the Carlton label in 1958 " You threw a dart" , is that correct?

    1. Yes Johnnie,Rick made that record and some others.Another was TNT ---WHIPLASH. by RIKI AND THE RICKATONES. The only problem is the record was labeld WHIPNASH-after they were pressed it was too late.anyway he made some other records also but I'm not at home and can't tell you all the facts.I don't have all the records except TNT but I have them all on CD.If you want copies I can get them to you.--thanks,Buz

  5. Beside your own personal compilation of his music did Rick ever release an album? There are many cool songs that would have made a great album. Buz thank you again for the additional info.