Today In Pop Music History (11-02-2015)

TODAY IN POP MUSIC HISTORY
GLEN CAMPBELL’S SIGNATURE SONG
CRACKS THE 40


It was his signature song…and let’s say a little prayer for him…

 
“Gentle On My Mind” debuted in the pop Top 40 at this time in 1968 for Glen Campbell, whose health is not good. His wife, Kim Campbell, told Fox News on October 24, 2014 that Glen has Stage 6 Alzheimer’s Disease. She noted at the time,”Seven months ago, at the recommendation of his doctors, we placed him in a memory case facility close to our home in Nashville…The aides and nurses say he must have been a Godly man because they always see him thanking the Lord. I’ve seen him walk over to the window and lift up his hands and say, ‘Thank you, heavenly Father’.”
 
Glen Campbell’s hit totals on three key charts are 75 (country), 42 (AC) and 38 (pop). He recorded what’s believed will be his final song (“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”) around September of 2014.
 
On “American Top 40,” Casey Kasem called Glen Campbell “the most successful studio-musician-turned-singer.”  In one key story Casey told at least twice, Glen arrived in Los Angeles in 1960 with only $300 to his name. By 1975, Glen was making nearly $4 million.
 
Although he had minor chart hits in going back to the early 60’s, Glen Campbell did a great deal of session work. “Gentle On My Mind” put him into the pop/AC/country limelight for good. The late John Hartford wrote the song after being impressed with the traveling scenes in the movie “Dr. Zhivago.” Johnny Cash reportedly turned the song down. According to Wikipedia, “Gentle On My Mind” became the theme song for “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” TV Show and would win four Grammy Awards. The song’s been heard on radio stations at least six million times and has had over 300 performers record it. One of them was the King of Rock and Roll
 
 
Meanwhile, here’s a performance of the song between its most famous singer…and its writer…
 
 
TOMORROW: THE PHIL SPECTOR WALL OF SOUND LANDS ITS FIRST #1

Preview YouTube video Elvis Gentle On My Mind

Preview YouTube video Gentle On My Mind – Glen Campbell and John Hartford

 

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