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Re: Glen Campbell: An "Official" Beach Boy?

Post by dee2 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:07 pm

Glen Campbell on The Beach Boys
-Glen Campbell quotation is from Glen's official Glen Campbell International Fan Club Biography 1976 (the misspelling of "Beach Boys" was often seen in non-Beach Boys' early press sources)
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Re: Glen Campbell: An "Official" Beach Boy?

Post by dee2 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:15 pm

Continuing this discussion, Glen Campbell wrote in his autobiography, Rhinestone Cowboy (1994):
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"In 1964, I got a call on a Thursday to come to Dallas on Saturday to play bass guitar and sing high harmony during a concert as a member of the Beach Boys. The legendary group's vital voice and bassist, Brian Wilson, had been ill. I was needed to pinch-hit for him." Pinch-hit = substitute.

Of course, the substitution lasted longer than a concert or even the current BB tour at the time. When Glen was asked (the exact terms of which are unknown in the Campbell/Beach Boys fandom) to stay on longer, he did so but with the understanding that he already had commitments to Shindig!, etc.

When he was asked to stay on with the group, Glen said he was "flattered, thrilled, humbled and terrified...."

Whether Glen was official or not is a grey area. He was official in terms of performing with the group on tours. However, he did not perform at all concerts. He did not provide vocals on recordings by Wilson and the Boys. (I have listened to many studio takes and final tracks during this period--no Glen--other than dubbing the vocal on "Guess I'm Dumb".)

Also, Brian continued to show up for high-profile public appearances with the Boys such as a contractual appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (an appearance that was bumped at literally the last minute to later in the year). When Brian made these appearances, Glen was not present.

Regrettably for Glen Campbell fans, Glen did not appear on Shindig! with The Beach Boys--even though he had first been under contract to do so:, he and the Boys (minus Brian Wilson) signed a legal performance agreement with Shindig! on April 4, 1965. After the contract was signed on the 4th, Brian replaced Glen for the scheduled final performance day, "April 7, 1965" (a date that was subsequently changed).

Below is a scanned image of the contract for Shindig! from the collection of Nick Sevano, Glen's artistic manager at the time. (Sorry for the watermark, but it was added due to photo-grabbing "web crawlers". GCF does not own this image; the hard copy was sold at auction after Mr. Sevano's passing.)

Check out the total compensation amount to be paid to "The Beach Boys c/o M. Wilson" (that's Murry Wilson, first manager of The Beach Boys and the Wilsons' father): $179 per member.
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One has to question, I believe, why Glen was removed from this Shindig! performance. Was the change due to a change in broadcast date, perhaps creating a schedule conflict for Glen? Did Murry Wilson initiate the change and why? Did Brian decide at the last minute to participate in this public appearance? If Glen was considered an "official" member of The Beach Boys, then why didn't his appearance with The Beach Boys on Shindig! take place as first executed?

This topic continues....with additional source documents that may or may not support Glen's nebulous role as a member of The Beach Boys!

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Glen Campbell: An "Official" Beach Boy?

Post by admin » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:49 pm

This topic is dedicated to whether GLEN CAMPBELL IS CONSIDERED TO BE AN "OFFICIAL" BEACH BOY IN BRIAN WILSON'S "THE BEACH BOYS" GROUP, PRE-1966, and PRESENTLY IN TERMS OF THE OVERALL HISTORY OF THE OFFICIAL BEACH BOYS' BAND ROSTER?

The (original) Beach Boys group is the most popular surf and pop/rock music group in American history. Their band debuted in the early sixties and originally consisted of the three Wilson brothers--Brian, Dennis, and Carl--their cousin, Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine.

As fans of Glen Campbell's already know, Glen was called on by the Boys at the end of December 1964, to quickly fill in for Brian Wilson on his then-current Beach Boy's tour. Glen, of course, accepted the job, and, at first, his role might have been deemed temporary.
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SOURCE: CATCHING A WAVE RADIO, C. 2018
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Early in 1965, Glen's opportunity to perform regularly with The Beach Boys on tour had seemed to be solidifying until around March 1965. At this time, Glen informed Brian that he wouldn't continue touring but would continue his role as "Beach Boy" until Brian either returned to touring or until another band member was hired to fill Glen's bass-playing and singing role. During Glen's tenure with the Boys, Brian did perform at most, we believe, live and televised performances independent of the tours. Glen's last concert date as a Beach Boys' touring band member occurred in mid-May 1965.

During 1965 and off and on until the present, discussion around Glen Campbell's status as an "official" Beach Boy surfaces at least as often as the number of OCEANS movies (but perhaps not as often as The Most Commonly-Asked Fan Question about the Ocean's 11 Trilogy: why is Brad Pitt eating all the time?). ;)

All fans--Campbell's and Beach Boy's--are invited to join this conversation.

Glen's viewpoint on the matter has somewhat ebbed and flowed over the years.

First up: Glen Campbell in March 1970. This excerpted interview was conducted with Glen for Country-Western Stars Magazine:

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SOURCE: COUNTRY-WESTERN STARS MAGAZINE / MARCH 1970 / THE ARCHIVES OF GLEN CAMPBELL FORUMS c. 2018
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