Together with Tommy Tedesco and Billy Strange he was one of the busy number one studio guitarists of Los Angeles during the nineteen-sixties. Among others he recorded for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Mamas and Papas, Dean Martin and countless surf bands. He even replaced Brian Wilson on electric bass on tour in 1964 and 1965.
From 1966 on he became a country and pop star, releasing classics like Gentle On My Mind, By the Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, True Grit, Rhinestone Cowboy, Southern Nights and many more. From 1968 till 1972 he was also a TV-star, hosting The Glen Campbell Good-Time Hour. Glen Campbell also acted in movies from time to time. In 1969 he was starring with John Wayne in the True Grit.
On his new album Meet Glen Campbell brings together songs by bands and artists as diverse as Travis, U2, Velvet Underground, Green Day, Tom Petty, John Lennon and Jackson Browne. With this album he also returns to Capitol records, the company he left in 1981.
Short men and tall men and all the rest
Please don’t blame me I didn’t start this mess
Some of us stay and some of us go
Sooner or later we’ll all make the little flowers grow*
Lee Hazlewood 1929-2007
Photo: Kevin Cummins
*«We All Make The Flowers Grow» (von der LP «Trouble Is A Lonsome Town» 1964)