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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:00 pm
by Dee
Jimmy Webb: "I was very religious at the time and I asked...dear Lord, can I meet Glen Campbell one day?"

Jimmy Webb was recently interviewed by Steve Wright, host of "Steve Wright in the Afternoon", BBC Radio 2.

You can currently listen to this interview at:
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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:08 am
by Dee
A project of the Governor's Woods Foundation
By Mark Savage for BBC NEWS
September 26, 2017
"Wichita Lineman" is one of the most perfectly realised pop songs of all time. Released in 1968, and written by Jimmy Webb, it was the first top 10 single for country singer Glen Campbell, who died on [August 8], aged 81. Like many of his fans, Campbell's reaction to the song was immediate and tender. 'When I heard it I cried,' he told BBC Radio 4 in 2011. 'It made me cry because I was homesick.'
This article includes statements by Jimmy Webb and Glen Campbell about "Wichita Lineman" from interviews they both did for BBC a few years ago.
In particular, Jimmy describes in great detail his inspiration for writing the song.
Mike J., I thought of you when I read Jimmy's backstory, one we had discussed on Glen Campbell Forums at least once! :)

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:41 pm
by admin

BBC Radio 2
Steve Wright in the Afternoon
"Jimmy Webb, Craig Brown and Spencer FC"
BROADCAST DATE: September 27, 2017
"Jimmy Webb discusses his memoir The Cake and The Rain"
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Later...with Jools Holland
Episode 1
BROADCAST DATE: September 30, 2017
"Jimmy Webb popping in to discuss his new memoir The Cake and the Rain, and no doubt reminisce about his buddy and interpreter, the late great Glen Campbell."
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Book Review
"Jimmy Webb’s memoir – what happens to talented people when fame gets the better of them"
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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb - currently 45 pages here

Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:38 am
by Cowpoke
Funny. I always thought the song singled out Glen, but he is part of a longer list.

The theme song will not be written by Jim Webb, Francis Scott Key
nor sung by Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash
Englebert Humperdink, or the Rare Earth.

The common thread seems to be that the revolution will not come from white people.
Rare Earth was the first successful all white act signed by Motown.

Thanks for the link Dee!

Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb - currently 45 pages here

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:47 am
by Dee
Jimmy Webb talks music, drugs, his new book, and 'MacArthur Park'
San Diego Union-Tribune
By George Varga
July 16, 2017

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This is a good interview if you haven't read Jimmy's memoir (I haven't done so yet although I was gifted a copy which I much appreciate) about the dark side of his life in the sixties.
It includes an explanation about why he had stopped writing pop music ("Up Up and Away") and "geographical" and other songs specifically for Glen Campbell. (I had always wondered why their collaborations had discontinued, even though Jimmy continued to write songs that Glen obviously loved and recorded.) Jimmy explains he wanted to escape his reputation as a middle-of-the-road pop songwriter and therefore decided to change-up his career. From the article:
Just how middle-of-the road Webb was considered is perhaps best documented in 1970’s “The Revolution Will Not be Televised,” a searing, proto-rap anthem by Gil Scott-Heron.

It includes the line: The (revolution’s) theme song will not be written by Jim Webb, Francis Scott Key, nor sung by Glen Campbell.

“Being considered part of the right-wing establishment was a characterization that I reacted to very vehemently,” Webb recalled. “I was not that. Those were not my politics.

“My whole life then was reflexive: ‘Don’t turn me into Donnie Osmond.’ I was a famous guy, for a songwriter. So don’t say that I’m not going to write the theme song for the revolution — I am going to write the theme song for the revolution! --Jimmy Webb
Question for the "Webbheads" who read this JW topic on the forums here: Did Jimmy eventually write the theme song for the political revolution in America that started in the sixties? If so, which of his penned songs is considered as such?

You can read the full article here:
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It is probably safe to assume the rapper was not a fan of The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. lol

BTW, the thumb print image above is shared from this article (and other recent sources that published it). It was taken by Henry Diltz, the famous rock and roll photographer.


Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb - currently 45 pages here

Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:22 am
by Dee
Behind the cake and the rain: the life of Jimmy Webb - AUDIO INTERVIEW conducted in Brisbane, Australia
ABC Radio
June 2017
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Here's an almost hour-long radio interview with Jimmy.
If you don't have time to listen to it now, you can download the ((podcast)) to listen to later.

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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb - currently 45 pages here

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:02 pm
by Dee
Welcome to Glen Campbell Forums, James!
Thank you for posting photos of your signed Bluebird guitar and sharing when and where you met both Glen and Jimmy. What a thrill for you!
I think it must be very rare to have both of their signatures on a guitar, especially a Bluebird and particularly on both the front and back of it.
(I'll bet Jimmy felt honored to sign this guitar for you.)
I have long wondered why the Bluebirds are so special?
Was this guitar designed for Glen? He still owns at least one, I believe. I saw it three years ago on display in a special exhibition in Nashville.
We would love to know how you, obviously a big fan in Australia (a long way from Delight, Arkansas!) came to find this special Glen Campbell guitar?
Thanks again.

P.S. This is Jimmy Webb's set list from his recent concert in Melbourne (posted online by I imagine it is the same or similar set from the concert you attended in Brisbane?

Part 1
Highwayman (from Glen Campbell’s Highwayman, 1979 and The Highwaymen, 1984)
Galveston (from Glen Campbell’s ‘Galveston, 1967)
All I Know (from Art Garfunkel’s Angel Clare, 1972)
Do What You Gotta Do (from Johnny Rivers, Rewind, 1967, Nina Simone, ‘Nuff Said, 1968)
Up Up and Away (from The 5th Dimension, Up Yup & Away, 1967)

Part 2
By The Time I Get To Phoenix (from Glen Campbell’s ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix, 1967)
The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress (from Joe Cocker, I Can Stand A Little Rain, 1974 and Glen Campbell, Reunion, 1974)
Just Like Always (from Glen Campbell Adios, 2017)
Wichita Lineman (from Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman, 1968)
Macarthur Park (from Richard Harris, A Tramp Shining, 1968)

Adios (from Glen Campbell Adios, 2017)

Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb - currently 45 pages here

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:13 am
by JamesW
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Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb - currently 45 pages here

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:59 am
by jay
Hey James!

Thanks for posting in the forums...I saw your Bluebird on the FB Ovation site. What a beautiful guitar and to have it autographed by two legends that are directly and indirectly related to it is incredible. I hate to trouble you, but I would love for you to attach a picture or two and tell about your Bluebirds history and how you came about owning it. You might even share with the readers about how and why Charlie produced the Bluebirds and why they are so special. These stories about Glen do not need to be lost in time and truly are a part of his legacy. Thanks again for taking the time to share your experiences with Glen and Jimmy in the forum.

Re: Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb - currently 45 pages here

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:21 am
by JamesW
I saw Glen in 2009 on his last visit to Australia.
I was lucky enough to meet him at Jupiters on the Gold Coast before the show.
He was very gracious and kindly autographed my Ovation Bluebird guitar.
On Saturday last I went to see Jimmy Webb here in Brisbane and had the pleasure to meet him also
Just a fantastic show.
My Bluebird now has both Glen and Jimmy's signature.