Glen Campbell & The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra – Greensboro (1985)

FrontCover1Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936 – August 8, 2017) was an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor and television host. He was best known for a series of hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television from 1969 until 1972. He released 64 albums in a career that spanned five decades, selling over 45 million records worldwide, including twelve gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album.

Born in Billstown, Arkansas, Campbell began his professional career as a studio musician in Los Angeles, spending several years playing with the group of instrumentalists later known as “The Wrecking Crew”. After becoming a solo artist, he placed a total of 80 different songs on either the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot 100, or Adult Contemporary Chart, of which 29 made the top 10 and of which nine reached number one on at least one of those charts. Among Campbell’s hits are “Universal Soldier”, his first hit from 1965, along with “Gentle on My Mind” (1967), “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” (1967), “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife” (1968), “Wichita Lineman” (1968), “Galveston” (1969), “Rhinestone Cowboy” (1975) and “Southern Nights” (1977).

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In 1967, Campbell won four Grammys in the country and pop categories. For “Gentle on My Mind”, he received two awards in country and western; “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” did the same in pop. Three of his early hits later won Grammy Hall of Fame Awards (2000, 2004, 2008), while Campbell himself won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He owned trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and took the CMA’s top award as 1968 Entertainer of the Year. Campbell played a supporting role in the film True Grit (1969), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. He also sang the title song, which was nominated for an Academy Award. (wikipedia)

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And here´s a very unique concert:

Glen Campbell’s is a classic American music success story. He has reinvented his celebrity persona at least three times – and has generated as much media attention for his bad behavior. His bouts with alcohol and a controversial romance with Tanya Tucker kept the scandal rags busy for years.

For this show, recorded for the Silver Eagle Cross Country Radio Concert Series, Campbell is in fine form, and obviously excited to be working with a full symphony orchestra. Campbell was the first country act to successfully cross over into a mainstream pop star status. Like many other contemporaries of his era, Campbell easily fits into the pops orchestra program that merges ’60s and ’70s music celebs with metropolitan symphony orchestras. Usually designed as fund raisers to allow orchestras to present their more serious classical musical programs, the pops series can often deliver some pleasant musical surprises, as it did with this show.

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Campbell was one of America’s top session musicians during the early ’60s, playing on hits for everyone from Elvis Presley and Dean Martin to Bobby Darin and Rick Nelson. He switched from guitar to bass for 18 months between 1965 and 1966, when he came in as a last minute replacement for Beach Boy Brian Wilson after the latter had a nervous breakdown. His stint with The Beach Boys brought him to the attention of A&R execs from Capitol Records, who decided to outfit the handsome, Southern singer/guitarist with the songs of an up and coming songwriter named Jimmy Webb.

His first hit fused a bluegrass-flavored country song with a pure pop arrangement. Written by John Hartford, “Gentle On My Mind” topped the Country charts, won a Grammy and reached the Top 20 on the pop charts. By the end of 1967, Glen Campbell was one of the biggest music stars in the world. He would go on to have a string of #1 hits written by Webb, including “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “I Wanna Live,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston.” He had a successful TV variety show, and eventually made the transition into films, with a co-starring role alongside John Wayne in the Oscar-winning western True Grit.

After a dry spell in the early 1970s, Campbell surged back with two more massive hits, “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights,” in 1975 and 1977, respectively. From the late 1980s through today, he has remained a popular country and pop act, and has since preformed a number of shows with a symphony orchestra. (wolfgangs.com)

Recorded live at the War Memorial Auditorium Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
March 2, 1985
(excellent braodcast recording)

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Personnel:
Glen Campbell (vocals, guitar)
Kim Deragin (bass)
Craig Fall (keyboards)
Steve Turner (drums)
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The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra conducted by T.J. Kuenster
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unknown background vocals

Greensboro Symphony Orchestra

Tracklist:
01. Introduction 1.34
02. Gentle On My Mind (Hartford) 3.21
03. Galveston (Webb) 4.23
04. By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Webb) 4.13
05. A Lady Like You (Stegall/Weatherly) 3,32
06. Rhinestone Cowboy (Weiss) 3.56
07. True Grit (Black/Bernstein) 3.15
08. Faithless Love (Souther) 3.38
09. On The Road Again (Nelson) 2.39 
10. Crazy (Nelson) 3.59
11. Learning The Blues (Silvers) 3.17
12. Young At Heart (Leigh/Richards) 3.51
13. MacArthur Park (Webb) 7.48
14. Southern Nights (Toussaint) 4.22
15. William Tell Overture (Rossini) /Band introduction 5.07
16. Amazing Grace (Newton/Traditional) 4.41
17. Dream The Impossible Dream (Darion/Leigh) 4.04

T.J. Kuenster & Glen Campbell

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