Tuesday, 08 August 2017 21:11

A Final Adios--Glen Campbell 1936-2017

 GLEN 2011

 (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

 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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Thursday, 01 September 2016 07:47

Album Review: The Earliest Beach Boys

 

early beach boys

 

In a year when Brian Wilson is touring with a full-blown concert version of the Pet Sounds album, the Beach Boys' Endless Summer rolls on. At the same time, a new release looks back at the band's beginnings, and the construction of their first seven recordings as a group, from 1961 and 1962 including demo and rehearsal material complete with studio conversation.

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Patricia Sheridan's "Breakfast With" column today focuses on photographer Henry Diltz, known not only for his photographs at Woodstock but for taking plenty of other photos of the 60's rock scene.  Diltz briefly notes his membership in a 60's Folk Revival outfit called The Modern Folk Quartet (MFQ for short). 

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Thursday, 05 September 2013 08:52

Beach Boys and Annette: 1965

You find the damnedst things on YouTube, and like this clip from the 1965 Disney film The Monkey's Uncle isn't interesting, though I'm certain the movie, which starred the late Annette Funicello, was anything but interesting.  It's the classic Beach Boys lineup: the Wilsons, Mike Love and Al Jardine, around the time Brian quit touring with the band.

For those of you who revere the Beach Boys, bear in mind, the Elvis movies of the 60's weren't any lot better.  The music was horrific in both cases. Annette recorded  stuff like this while Elvis had to deal with "Song of the Shrimp" or "Petunia, The Gardener's Daughter"

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