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Re: Glen Campbell & The Kingston Trio

Post by dee2 » Sun May 13, 2018 8:36 pm

Post #3:

Sweet coincidence! Breautube on youtube recently posted an audio clip with Glen Campbell and Larry King on King's radio program in 1991.

Near the end of this interview, a caller asks Glen about recording with The Kingston Trio, in particular their live album, 'Back in Town", based on the Trio and Glen's concert appearances at the hungry i.

Glen well remembered this experience. He very briefly answers the caller's question in this clip at around 32 minutes.
I was excited to hear Glen also speak about "the banjo", that will be "featured" in Post #4 in this thread!

BTW, during this interview, Glen speaks frankly about being duped by Capehart out of the co-songwriting credit for "Turn Around, Look at Me". Thank you, Glen, for setting the record straight.

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Re: Glen Campbell's Surprising History with The Kingston Trio

Post by dee2 » Thu May 03, 2018 6:32 pm

This topic is a placeholder for Glen Campbell's connections with The Kingston Trio beginning in the early sixties. Glen played guitar and/or banjo as well as provided vocals on some of the Trio recordings.

POST #1:

One of The Kingston Trio's albums may be of particular interest here to fans of Glen Campbell and his 12-string guitar playing skill. The album is "Back in Town".

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Backstory to "Back in Town": In 1964, The Kingston Trio performed at the "hungry i" club located in San Francisco, California for an extended engagement that included recording sessions to develop a live album for Capitol Records. Glen Campbell appeared on stage with the Trio and was also on their sessions. The live album was released under the name "Back in Town" on May 4, 1964.

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Up until this point, Glen had not made public appearances with the Trio. He had played and provided vocals on their studio sessions including recordings.

Glen can be heard guitaring "all over this album" with his 12-string along with:
Bob Shane – vocals, guitar
Nick Reynolds – vocals, tenor guitar, conga
John Stewart – vocals, banjo, guitar
Dean Reilly – bass

Also captured on the "Back in Town" project is John Stewart's introduction of the band. Stewart introduces Glen starting off with a humorous description of Glen's (physical) appearance and then leads briefly into Glen's skill on the 12-string guitar.

This intro is of great significance to Glen's history. It is the "first public acknowledgment of sideman Glen Campbell." (SOURCE: "The Kingston Trio: The Capitol Years", Liner Notes, Capitol Records) It is an unprecedented moment in time when Glen the Trio's session musician (and vocalist) is acknowledged outside of the studio to Trio's fans.

I don't know yet if this intro is included on the original album release. It is included on:
"The Kingston Trio: The Capital Years", a 1995 box set compilation.

With acknowledgement to Universal Music Group North America, this introduction can be listened to on YouTube:

POST #2:

As early as 2001, John Stewart--member of The Kingston Trio from 1961 to 1967--posted a remarkable story on his website about Glen Campbell. Sadly, since Stewart passed away in 2008, his site (chillywinds.com) went dark. Another board, supporting the Trio, had picked up this post by Stewart, but it has also gone at least partially dark (links are broken) and may or may not be under construction.

So, for posterity, I thought I would post John Stewart's story about Glen on the Forums here until we see what happens with the Trio site. It would be a shame to lose John's post to the dark of the net.

Backstory: One of The Kingston Trio's singles as well as an album track is "Reverend Mr. Black." You may know this song; it was a major hit for the Trio. The studio session in itself has a super Glen Campbell story associated with it, and I will try to post it separately.

Here's John Stewart's post from around 2001:
Glen Campbell played the banjo on Reverend Mr. Black. It was a six string banjo and Glen was the hottest session musician in town at that time.

He sang that hi octave to the melody as well. I vividly recall going to a local folk coffee house with Glen, Nick and Bob after a gig in Texas. All the "folkyer than thou" pickers were sitting around after the last act finished. They were asking us to sing through the thin veil of disdain for the commercialism that the Trio and Glen represented. Glen was really only known by L.A. record people then, as he had not recorded on his own.

After much prodding from Nick, Bob and myself, Glen took the guitar that was being passed around and sang a version of "Blowing In The Wind" two keys higher than anyone had ever done it. It was one of the most riveting versions I have ever heard. Aside from Glen's guitar playing, the power and the "So you want to play rough" edge Glen had in his voice charged the room with the electricity of a stun gun.

After the last note ended, a quiet that was deafening took over the room. No one applauded, everyone just got up and either left the club or went about their business. The statement had been made, they were all dead in the water and a hard lesson had been learned by all. NEVER-NEVER mess with Glen Campbell.

The Trio and Glen drove back to our hotel. No one said anything about it. No one had to. It was a moment celeb. If only we had pocket tape recorders then.

Glen still has some of the best chops, picking and singing, of anyone around. Regarding what Glen said to me about paying my dues. He was right. He wouldn't say that now because I have. I knew it, he knew it. The fact is that I had never copped to it. If I had, the incident would never have happened. Tommy Smothers is another discussion.

"NEVER-NEVER MESS with Glen Campbell"! This incident would have taken place in the early sixties. From Stewart's telling of it, Glen already had tremendous grit at this early time in his career. Grit that would serve him well as he moved on from session work to a solo career.

Stewart's reference to his having to pay his dues, according to Glen's advice, is yet another Kingston Trio story.

The Tommy Smothers' matter is a "discussion" I don't know anything about. Perhaps another member will know what this comment alluded to?


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