If you aren't aware Glen Campbell was part of the elite LA group of studio musicians known as the "Wrecking Crew" who played on the greatest pop and rock recordings made there durin gthe 1960's. That's Glen late in the decade with legendary Crew drummer Hal Blaine. Glen was part of this group from the early 60's until his own hit records Am I sure he was on the records I mention? Well, the Musicians' Union contracts are pretty much smoking guns, as they show who was hired and paid.
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.
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.
The 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination has brought forth a plethora of memories, revelations and so forth from various individuals, in the PG and elsewhere, with reflections on where everyone was on November 22nd (If it matters, I was in Larry Young's history class at Greensburg-Salem Junior High school).
The tragedy brought forth music, but not right away. Here are five select examples of early tunes on the subject: three rock, two folk, one country.