Tuesday, 08 August 2017 21:11

A Final Adios--Glen Campbell 1936-2017

 GLEN 2011

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 Me: I heard something you did over 30 years ago, a record with Tex Williams at the Mint in Las Vegas . . . you let rip with a real hot solo.

 Glen: “My Window Faces the South!” That was the early sixties. What was Roger Miller’s line? “I don’t think I’m half as good as I really am.”

 I interviewed Glen Campbell just once, in 1995, for Country Music Magazine's "20 Questions With" feature, not unlike Trish Sheridan's old "Breakfast With" PG feature. I thought back to an old record I had, recorded nearly a decade before Glen became a star, in the days he was an obscure LA sideman. I wasn't sure he'd remember it, but I thought, what the hell?  And I got my answer--spot on.  The rest of the interview was terrific as he talked about the changing country music industry, which he didn't care for. He couldn't contain his pride over his days as part of the loose group of elite LA session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, which included Leon Russell, Hal Blaine, Tommy Tedesco and Carol Kaye.who worked with everyone from the Byrds to Sinatra. His memory then was impregnable. 

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My friend and colleague Tony Norman's column is well worth the time for any aging rock music fans.  He recounts it from a perspective many can relate to and ties it into the here and now. 

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Merle Haggard changed my life.

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Thursday, 07 April 2016 17:45

Remembering Merle Haggard, Part 1

Merle Haggard, long before he died Tuesday (his 79th birthday) of pneumonia, years after he'd been diagnosed with lung cancer, was one of America's great troubadours. It wasn't just his voice, but his brilliant, nuanced songwriting that managed to touch the heart, the mind and the gut simultaneously in a way few American composers could ever hope to equal.  Today, we'll talk about the impact.  Tomorrow, I'll tell you how he changed my life.

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Merle Haggard may have launched the western swing revival with his 1970album A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World: Or, My Salute to Bob Wills, but Willie played a role in it as well. 

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