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 devastating year for music deaths, it's painful to add Leon Russell's name to the growing list. Russell, who died in his sleep at his Nashville home Saturday at 74, was a singer, pianist, arranger, guitarist, vocalist, studio musician and record company owner, known as the Master of Space And Time. He'd battled health problems over the past several years and suffered a heart attack in July.