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Re: Your Stories and Memories about Glen

Postby robduloc » Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:22 pm

Thank you, Miss Dee, Cowpoke and Mike... Hello, America!

Well, first of all... you know, I love Carl Jackson, I absolutely love Keith Whitley, Jim & Jessie, Roy Acuff, Larry & Glen, Ohio and Mississippi, it really doesn't get any better than Carl Jackson's account meeting Larry and Glen for the first time.

Glen Campbell talks about his life is blessed, tied to being the seventh son where wonders of the Earth unfold at your feet.

And, so when I listen to accounts like Carl Jackson I know a choir of angels have come to his aid as well, all this wealth laid at someone's feet is for everybody to partake on one level or another, in retrospect, exactly what part of a life uncommon is accidental, some things were meant or appear to be from the beginning.

That's why I entered another twist of fate, Ralph Emery remembering what it was like to first introduce Carl Jackson when Carl was only 9 years old.

And how all this is threaded together means a lot to me, the modest unassuming way a consummate artist goes about their business.

Mr. Carl Jackson is half way through his account meeting Larry and Glen for the first time before he introduces he has worked with Jim & Jessie and appeared on the Opry before graduating from High School.

I've seen this modest and assuming way in action, during the Farewell Tour Victoria's Ghost opened the show and it was around the fourth or fifth song during the main act before they announced T.J Kuenster was their father's bandleader for the last 25 years, they waited all that time before they announced who their Dad was and never showed off once.

I loved how they were so matter of fact about having Glen Campbell for their father, no banter here, the very lifeline and pulse of their father's music and incredible gift to entertain and enliven an audience.

And so, to see and hear Carl Jackson is so modest and unassuming, he must have been a tremendous influence and force to reckon with.

But what struck me the most about Carl Jackson's account what it was like to be hired by Glen Campbell is the role or presence of the fairground.

Magic things happen there, that is why over time people have always been drawn to the allure of a carnival.

The mixture of sights and sounds and smell are not like any other.

The fairground opens us up to something bigger.

You can hear a number of carnival motifs during the instrumentals for Ghost On The Canvas.

My all time number one favorite album, most enchanting and haunting.

First you have the artist's venue, where nothing can prepare you for a night under the stars or late afternoon when everything changes, you have to experience it first hand for yourself.

And then the walk along the midway where there are huge blocks of people, flesh and humanity seeking thrills, who would ever guess that trip along the midway would lead to Campbell's trailer camp and Carl Jackson and Keith Whitley meeting their hero's sideman, with an open invitation, passport and ticket to the world at large.

It's all there in Mr. Carl Jackson's memory banks. Jackson and Whitley just needed to muster a little courage to crash the gate.

And that is what I love about all the huh's and uhm's while he is threading and piecing his story together to share with an enthralled audience in some noisy smoke filled cafe or bar- and end up on YouTube for an even bigger audience to enjoy.

Of course he would have to push himself to remember and extract all the details, he is taking in all the atmosphere just as much as his audience that are holding onto each word, line or detail.

Yes, when you listen to an account like when Carl Jackson meets Larry and Glen for the first time, everyone is going to take away something different.

But knowing an artist the stature of Glen Campbell here are where dreams are fulfilled to their fullest, and we all benefit to attach ourselves to a star like this.

And so, count on the smell of the sawdust and roar of the greasepaint will take us to the outermost limits of our psyche to full effect.

And it is true, the more we hunt and search for Glen Campbell's lasting legacy, the more we will see and find, what a beautiful man and beautiful time to take in.

It's not over, the world has only begun to celebrate Glen Campbell's triumphs.

The big lesson here is it's all about the people that you take with you.

And I am glad that I have found the perfect forum to celebrate such wealth.

Thank you, everybody, Happy Labor Day~ Believe me, I know how hard you work to keep the world running.

Thank you, for being such a good friend and caring about all the warm memories which make up the fabric of our life.

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Re: Your Stories and Memories about Glen

Postby robduloc » Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:49 pm

From the YouTube clip "Carl Jackson Sings All That's Left For Me".

Ralph Emery:
Now then... uh, are we ready for this kid... why is it... I guess that I'm just gettin' older, everybody is a kid.

Carl Jackson (barely audible off mic)
Yes, we appreciate that!

Emery (laughs)
I introduced this next young gentleman when he was 9 years old at Terrytown a Country Music Park owned by Gordon Terry. Right?

Jackson (off mic)
That's right!

And for years he has been Glen Campbell's banjo player and uh, he's a marvelous musician and I wish that you would welcome a grown up version of Carl Jackson!

Carl Jackson sings and plays acoustic guitar, at the end of All That Is Left For Me, Emery steps up on stage while the audience are clapping.

Carl Jackson- adrenaline pumping.
How you doin? (turns to audience)
Thank you very much!

Get down on your knees!

Jackson (doesn't appear to hear, and turns to the Nashville Now House Band)
These guys are Alright!

Get down on your knees!

Jackson (gets down on one knee holding and resting his guitar on the other leg a couple feet from the floor, and quickly gets back up)

Oh... Is that how you remember me?


That's about right, isn't it?

This isn't the little kid that I introduced the first time, where's your banjo.

Uh, I broke it.

Are You kidding?

No, I didn;t break it.

Do you know what? On this here show we've had two of the best banjo players that I have ever heard and I haven't even heard a lick.

Jackson (laughs)

Bobby Thompson who has been playin' rhythm back here and uh, Carl here is a great banjo player. You used to come up to the shows with your Daddy.

That's right, that's right.

How is your Daddy.

He is fine.

You're from Mississippi, aren'ch you.

Ya, Mississippi, Louisville Mississippi.

Where's Glen.

Jackson (looks in camera, turns to audience and cranes head for a glimpse into the back of the hall)
Glen boy is late, inn't he? Glen, where are you.

How long have you been with The Glen Campbell Show.

Eleven years not countin' tomorrow. No, I'm.... heh-heh... hee...

Where is he... Is he out on the Tee?

He's been known to play a little after.. (barely audible) ...after a date....

Okay, I'm oh... uhm... I'm oh-uhm... goin' to plug somethin' here.

Jackson (softly)
You're gonna plug somethin... You gonna do it by yourself?

Yeah, well you just stand here, it's alright, I'm gonna plug tomorrow night's show...
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Re: Your Stories and Memories about Glen

Postby Mike Joyce » Tue Sep 01, 2015 3:30 pm

Boy roduloc,wasn't that a dream come true. I agree with cowpoke. I saw this video but to read it now really brings home the excitement Carl felt at the time. What a wonderful experience for a man of that age.
Wasn't he so fortunate to be in the right place at the right time or perhaps it was fate.
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Re: Glen Campbell on YouTube and Other Video Sites

Postby Dee » Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:09 pm

Welcome back, robduloc! I trust you had a Glenfully wonderful summer listening to all of your new GC albums and 45s!

Wow! Thank you for posting a transcript of the Carl Jackson interview. This is one for the history books.
What impressed you the most about this interview?

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Re: Your Stories and Memories about Glen

Postby Cowpoke » Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:27 am

Hey Rob, so glad you're back! Wow, that must have been quite a job to write that whole video segment down in words. But it is very much appreciated. Somehow those words hit home even more powerfully when written down. Thanks for taking the time to do that.
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Re: Your Stories and Memories about Glen

Postby robduloc » Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:00 am

(from the YouTube clip, "Carl Jackson Talks About Getting Hired By Glen Campbell")

Carl Jackson:

I can't, uh play anything without uh... talking a bit... Because of why we're here.

Uhm... come from a little town called Louisville Mississippi and uh, when I was growin' up had several heroes... you know what I mean, Micky Mantle is really big for me I think... and Glen Campbell... and uh... it's true, the absolute truth...

And uh... when I was in High School uh, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was very huge and it was just... uh, the biggest show on TV- especially for as far as I was concerned.

And uhm... and so I'd make it a point of every Sunday evenin' to make sure that I was there when John Hartford at first stood up in the audience and started playing Gentle On My Mind and later on Larry McNeely and I uh, was a banjo player, still play banjo and uh... when I graduated a lot of my classmates... they signed in my yearbook uh, "See you on Glen Campbell one day".

Serious, I can show it to you, three or four different ones.

The next thing I know I'm up in Columbus Ohio, uh, and I put a little band together with uh, with Keith Whitley, a guy named Bill Rollins and a guy named Jimmy Goodrow... and uh, Keith and I are lookin' at the paper and we see that Glen Campbell is goin' to be at the Ohio State Fair- this is kind... now of a long story that I beg ya, but I'm going to tell it anyway...

And, anyway uh, Keith was... and Keith was a big fan of Glen Campbell also and so we decided that we were gonna go out to the Fair and we did... and we were completely blown away and knew we would be, and then we went out to the midway for a little while and looked around and on our way back to our car we had to pass right by the dressing rooms which were trailers, by the way, at the Ohio State Fair and as we were going by I looked over to the left and saw Larry NcNeely standing there talking to some people... signing autographs and talkin' to some folks.

And so Keith and I walked over and I wanted to say hello to him. I never met Larry but I was a very big fan of his playin' and so I did... and walked up to him and stuck out my hand and said, "Larry, My name is Carl Jackson and I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the show'.

And he said, "Carl Jackson- I love your playin'. What are you doing up here"?

And I didn't even know that he knew who I was and uhm... and so I said I'm up here and Keith and I are up here and had form a little Bluegrass group, uh... I had worked with Jim & Jessie by the way which is one of the Bluegrass icons on the Opry and Larry had worked with Roy Acuff before he worked with Glen, and so that's how he knew but I had never officially met him.

And uh, he said, :What are you doing tomorrow".

And I said, Well, uh... nothin' really... we're just kinda hangin' out and we got a show comin' up tomorrow or somthin'... and he said why don't you come by tomorrow and we can do some playin'... and I said well, okay I'll do that and so I go by the next day and there's uh, Larry... he... he gets out his banjo and asks me to get mine out and uh... he plays a couple things... we play a couple things together but mostly he starts goin', can... can you play this and asks me for a tune and I play it for him... uhm... and then he... he asks me do you play the guitar and so I said yeah... I can play a little bit...

And so he looked over at me and said, "Would you like to have this job"?

And I said, "Uhm... Yeah"!

And he said (chuckles) he said, "Well you know I've been tryin' to find somebody that could replace me" .... He said, "You- you can do it".

He said just give me a minute, and so I don't know what he was doin' but he got up and left. He came back about three or four minutes later and he said, "Come with me".

And now he takes me over to the next trailer over and uh, I was walkin' in and there sits Glen Campbell- my hero and uh, he's there and uh, he kinda puts me through the same... Sorry, I'm about to cry but it's not... it's a lot of cigarette smoke too... so... and I can't... if, if I choke up during the singin' it's... I can't help it, I'm so allergic to it, there are people smokin' outside and you can't fool me!

But, sorry, uh, anyway uh, he... Glen starts askin' me for uh, Standards like Foggy Mountain Breakdown and Rocky Top, things like that you know...

Yeah, and I played it for him and I remember he said can you play Little Rocky Mountain Getaway... Yeah, so I played a Little Rocky Getaway on the banjo for him and he said (chuckles)
and then he said can you play guitar and I said, well, yeah....

I play a little bit and at the time I knew just about everything he had ever done uh, because I just loved it you know, I don't remember it now but I did know everything.

But anyway, I... I played a little guitar for him and then he asked me to see if I could play the claw, and I said, uh, yeah... I played the claw for him and he looked over at me and said, "How much would you like to make".

18 year old me said uh, "A million dollars". (chuckles) And he says, "You're hired".

And he said, "You go home and get your stuff together and I'll have Stan Snyder call you".

And uh, So I did. I had to go back and tell Keith and the other guys that I was quittin' the band after a week... and uh, I went home to Mississippi, Stan Snyder called and in 1972 I went to work with Glen before I was 19 years old and twelve of the best years of my life and as far as I'm concerned the greatest singer to walk this planet in my life.
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