Nice video find, thanks for posting it, Mike.
(Love Glen's recall of the story behind Gentle's release. Nice bit of history captured on video.)
I was shocked to learn of Leon Russell's death. He passed away too young and with too much music yet in him.
This week, various new sources have mentioned Leon and Glen playing together as members of "the wrecking crew".
I haven't yet read a mention about what appears to me to be a very sweet coincidence.
As posted previously on Glen Campbell Forums, a Collector's Edition of the 1964 T.A.M.I. Show is being released on blu-ray by Shout! Factory in the next two weeks.
TAMI was not only rock 'n' roll's first live concert film, it was also the first film of its kind to have a nationwide release in movie theaters.
Director Steve Binder ensured this highly-visible production was top quality in all respects.
In addition to the 12 biggest acts of '64 (Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles, Tina Turner and others), seven of which are now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the best of the best studio musicians were hand selected to perform on-stage as the house band for TAMI artists requiring a band.
These studio musicians included Leon Russell, Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine, Jimmy Bond, and Tommy Tedesco (as well as other top-shelf pros). Their inclusion was a big deal for them: they not only got to rock in tuxes outside of a recording studio, they landed a live gig to support big name artists at a groundbreaking R&R concert to be released on film! (Of course, they were not credited at that time for their participation.)
I received a copy of the new TAMI blu-ray two weeks prior to its official release date and two days after Leon Russell passed away.
Almost exactly fifty-two years after the TAMI concert took place (October 28 and 29, 1964), Russell passes away and the infamous TAMI concert with Russell playing piano in the house band gets its first ever 1080p high definition widescreen format release for home viewing.
A sweet (and just) coincidence.
Rock on, Leon Russell. RIP.
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