The Forum was a vocal group organized by Les Baxter whose members were Phil Campos, Riselle Bain and Rene Nole who would marry Campos. The group evolved from an earlier folk music group called Les Baxter's Balladeers. Campos, Bain and Nole split off into The Forum in 1966 as part of the folk rock craze. They had one hit record in 1967 on Mira Records with "The River Is Wide".


Their debut release was with "The River Is Wide", released in 1966 on the Penthouse label. It didn't make any significant progress. It was later re-mastered and re-edited, and was released a second time around may 1967 on the Mira label. Nothing happened the second time around either. Then Decca got hold of the master. After that, the record then began to make some progress in the UK. This got the attention of a DJ in Seattle. He started playing it and it attracted some attention in the Seattle area. By July 1968, the record was at no. 88 in the ''Billboard'' charts. It finally got to no. 45. In 1967, they had released an album called ''The River Is Wide''. The group eventually folded, and Campos and his wife formed a duo. In December 1968, a group billed as Phil Campos & the Forum were in Nevada, appearing at the Carson City Nugget. Around April 1969, Campos and the Forum were appearing at the Theatre Lounge of the Carson City Nugget six nights a week. The ''Reno Gazette-Journal'' in their April 26, 1969 issue reported on the group's performance at the Carson Nugget. Campos's handling of songs such as "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" and "Sailor Man, Where You Gonna Run To?" were noted. Phil Campos died in 1987.Phil Campos website



External links

"The River is Wide" by The Forum from Archive.org
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