Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Phil Driscoll. He co-wrote the song with famed producer Lari Goss. Glen said that it was like his life flashed before their eyes. The song first appeared on the "Show Me Your Way" album. It was later the title song for a collection of his Christian hits. Like most hits albums, some songs were missing.
Kenny Rogers. Kenny Rogers' work as a photographer is well-known. The album was "The Best Of Glen Campbell." (An interview that appeared on the sleeve was very helpful with this quiz.) Glen played for him during the First Edition Days. Buck Owens and Merle Haggard (still another artist Glen played for) appeared on Glen's TV series. It's probably best that I not discuss his history with Mac Davis.
Smothers Brothers. The Summer Brothers Smothers Show led to his Goodtime Hour. Tom Smothers was impressed by Glen's appearance on The Joey Bishop Show. (The brothers also belong to the long list of artists graced by Glen's studio work.) Johnny Cash and Roger Miller both had their own network series. They also did guest appearances on Glen's show. Jerry Reed was a regular on Glen's series. He was Glen's summer replacement!
Joe Namath. This was Glen's only starring film role. It reunited him with True Grit producer Hal Wallis and co-star Kim Darby. Dom Deluise was also in it. Glen wrote that he threw the football with Namath between scenes. Does anyone remember Namath's NBC series "The Waverly Wonders?" He played a basketball coach! Personally, I didn't think it was that bad. The series was short-lived. Broadway Joe shouldn't feel too bad about it. New NBC president Fred Silverman ended up cancelling every series introduced that fall season.
Organ. Jimmy Webb wrote this song especially for Glen. After hearing it, Glen wanted to record it right away. In order to get the same sound as the demo, he helped haul Webb's Hammond B organ to the studio. (Those things are mucho heavy!) Webb played it on the recording.
Johnny Rivers. Johnny Rivers' company published many of Jimmy Webb's early hits. Glen found it on one of Rivers' albums. After hearing Rivers' version, Glen did a session with Pat Boone. Guess which song was done? Glen also worked with the other artists mentioned.
Don Ho. Can you imagine that? I like Don Ho too. I've only heard Glen's imitation of Don Ho's version. Incidentally, Glen worked with the other artists during his days as a studio musician and harmony singer.
Doug Dillard. John Hartford wrote the song. Glen heard his original version on the radio. Hartford did play it on Glen's TV show. It was the theme song. Glen also plays the banjo on occasion. Steve Martin wrote for Glen's TV show. He self-taught himself the banjo. He was a performer at Disneyland. The banjo was also a staple of his stand-up act. Glen's book has a picture of him playing banjo at one of Glen's concerts. Oh yeah, Steve Martin won a Grammy for his appearance, along with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Leon Russell, and Paul Shaffer, on Earl Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." Russell worked with Glen early in their careers. You may have heard of the bluegrass group The Dillards. They also played the Darling boys on The Andy Griffith Show.
Turn Around, Look At Me. Glen co-wrote this song. It was a minor hit on the Crest label. The Vogues later had a hit with the song. He recut it for Capitol. (Note: his autobiography, Rhinestone Cowboy, says that this version appeared on his "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" album. Actually, it was on his "Hey Little One" album. I have a copy. It's a good book, and very helpful with this quiz. But there were other goofs.) Both versions appear on his Legacy boxed set.
The William Tell Overture. This classical theme has long been associated with The Lone Ranger. One "Mad" magazine collection had a funny story. During a Young People's Concert program, the host challenged his young audience to listen and not think of the Lone Ranger. Dad walked by and hollered, "Hi yo Silver!" A studio version was the B-side of "Southern Nights." At least two live versions have been released. One is featured on "The Glen Campbell Collection." Another appeared on his PBS concert video. Check it out! He said that it went so fast, you couldn't tell if he made any mistakes.
Branson. This song appeared on the Laserlight album "Greatest Hits Live." It was recorded at the Glen Campbell Goodtime Theatre in Branson, Missouri. Like many artists, Glen spent some time performing there. But he later opted for life back on the road. However, he still does shows at other artists' theaters in Branson. This song is also featured on the "Legacy" boxed set. Glen felt that writer Paul Overstreet got it right. This song could be the story of many famous artists.
Charlie Pride. Glen wrote that Charlie Pride had brought the song to him. But Pride got a new record deal. At the time, Glen was recording for MCA. Steve Wariner was also on the label. That can make things much easier. It is also on the "Legacy" boxed set.
Guess I'm Dumb. A great admirer of Phil Spector, Wilson used the Wrecking Crew on many Beach Boys recordings. Glen even appeared on "Pet Sounds"! He also briefly replaced Wilson on the road. His London concert album includes a Beach Boys medley. Both "Guess I'm Dumb" and "Beach Boys Medley" are on the "Legacy" boxed set.
Woman, Woman. Glen was good friends with Jerry Fuller, the man who discovered Gary Puckett and The Union Gap. Glen had heard the version by co-writer Jimmy Payne on the radio. His version appeared on the "Hey Little One" album. Personally, I think that it could have been a hit for him. But the Union Gap's version was very good. The other possibilities were singles for Glen.
Chet Atkins. Chet Atkins headed the RCA office in Nashville. Glen was based out of Los Angeles. In his book "Rough Cut," Bowen said that Glen was so well respected, he could drop in on a friend's session and start playing, even if not scheduled. Bowen later produced some of Glen's solo recordings. In Glen's autobiography, he mentioned Quincy Jones using him on the "In The Heat Of The Night" soundtrack. As a member of The Wrecking Crew, Glen was a regular with Phil Spector. Sonny Bono worked with Spector at the time. In his book "The Beat Goes On," he wrote that Glen used to flirt with Cher.
Johnny Cash. This song appeared on the "No More Night" album on Word Records. It was the first of his Contemporary Christian albums. (He had recorded the "O Happy Day" album for Capitol years before.) This song can't be considered a regular duet. They sang separate verses, but not together. Each appeared on the other's TV shows. Willie Nelson was a guest star on Glen's 80s syndicated, music only, series.
Roy Clark is an old friend. He played banjo on "The Amazing 12 String Guitar Of Glen Campbell" album.
Billstown, Arkansas. Since this town didn't appear on the map, he often said that he was from nearby Delight. (The Seals and Crofts website claimed that he was from Oklahoma! He worked with them in The Champs.) Albuquerque was his first base as a performer. He's lived in Phoenix, the site of a huge hit, for many years.
Travis. His full name was the title of one album.