Video of the Week: Glen Campbell Steps Out for a Solo

Seated among a Who’s Who of country greats that includes Chet Atkins, Roy Clark, Willie Nelson and Ray Stevens, Glen Campbell steps out for a typically flashy solo on his classic “Gentle on My Mind”.

Tell me again, Rolling Stone, how Kurt Cobain is one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

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  1. mvcoogan
    Nov 11, 2016 @ 13:21:12

    Thats VERY good! He was in the Wrecking Crew, which means he had to be able to play, before he was a solo pretty face singer. (I’m sure you know.)

    Did you ever hear “By the time YOU get to Phoenix ” ? You might like it for your lighter side…

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    • Ed Cyphers
      Nov 11, 2016 @ 21:37:45

      I have not seen “By the Time You…”

      Yeah, he was a member of the Wrecking Crew, and by the way have you seen the Wrecking Crew film yet? It’s out on DVD and it’s boundless fun. The rest of the crew played on Glen’s solo stuff and bassist Carol Kaye talks about how she came up with those first five bass notes at the beginning of “Wichita Lineman”. I find that kind of stuff fascinating–the anatomy of a hit song.

      Apparently the occasion of the gathering was something called “Ralph Emery’s Country Homecoming”. Emery was (maybe still is) a very popular host of several shows on Country music TV stations. Here’s the Amazon description of the film version:

      Ralph Emery, a.k.a. “the Dick Clark of Country Music” presents this spectacular concert video which showcases the talent of several country legends. Having convened at the Grand Ole Opry, artists including Crystal Gayle and Willie Nelson have a chance to sing their songs and tell their stories, making this concert a very special reunion. Heartwarming and sentimental, this video is a must for the country music lover., Recorded at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, RALPH EMERY’S COUNTRY HOMECOMING features songs as well as the stories behind the songs told by the artists who originally recorded them.

      Wish it were still in print. Looks like an amazing lineup. Roy Clark was also a jaw-dropping guitarist. Willie was probably no better than fourth-best on the stage that night, and Willie can play.

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  2. mvcoogan
    Nov 11, 2016 @ 20:47:00

    And what kind of Country Music Summit was this, anyway?

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