20 Aug 2017

A Tribute to Glen Campbell

From New Horizons, 5:00 pm on 20 August 2017
Glen Campbell with Guitar

Photo: Supplied.

William Dart looks beyond "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Wichita Lineman", and "Galveston" to the lesser-known but equally brilliant and affecting Glen Campbell.

For some, Campbell has, in William's words, "come to stand for a middle of the road that has a few too many potholes for comfort." But in William's view, one of singer's real virtues was "being able to tackle fiercely middle-of-the-road material and somehow set it aglow. Not by suggesting there was any irony afoot, but by accepting it at face value and finding honesty in what many may see as rather tarnished images."

Featured in this programme are Campbell's collaboration with Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, his guitar work with Frank Sinatra, an astonishing mash-up duet with Anne Murray of "By The Time I Get to Phoenix" and Burt Bacharach's "Say A Little Prayer", and a swag of achingly gorgeous Jimmy Webb songs that you may not have heard before.

This online version differs to the broadcast programme ... some of the songs are allowed to play complete.

Music Details

'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
Album title
(Label)

'By the Time I Get to Phoenix' (Webb) – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Kicking Against The Pricks
(Mute)

'Kentucky Means Paradise' (Travis) – The Green River Boys, feat Glen Campbell
The Legacy 1961-2002
(Capitol)

'Guess I’m Dumb' (Wilson) – Glen Campbell
Pet Projects: The Brian Wilson Productions
(Ace)

'Strangers in the Night' (Kaempfert) – Frank Sinatra
New York New York: His Greatest Hits
(Reprise)

'Somethin’ Stupid' (Parks) – Frank and Nancy Sinatra
New York New York: His Greatest Hits
(Reprise)

'Where’s the Playground Susie' (Webb) – Glen Campbell
The Legacy 1961-2002
(Capitol)

'Just Another Piece of Paper' (Webb) – Glen Campbell
Tunesmisth: The Songs of Jimmy Webb
(Raven)

'I Say a Little Prayer/By the Time I Get to Phoenix' (Webb/Bacharach) – Glen Campbell & Anne Murray
The Legacy 1961-2002
(Capitol)

'Old Toy Trains' (Miller) – Glen Campbell
That Christmas Feeling
(Capitol)

'Rhinestone Cowboy' (Webb) – Rikki and Daz feat Glen Campbell
single
(Universal)

'In Cars' (Webb) – Glen Campbell
It’s the World Gone Crazy
(Capitol)

'These Days' (Browne) – Glen Campbell
Meet Glen Campbell
(Capitol)

'Adiós' (Webb) – Glen Campbell
Adiós
(Universal)