Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Glen Campbell Brain Worm

Ugh, I did it. Yesterday's post, filled with lofty and noble visions of kindness, could have fueled me through the rest of the day filled with love for mankind. Instead all it did was fill my head with Glen Campbell's Try A Little Kindness. It's still there this morning. It's a brain worm.

For those of you too young to remember, Glen Campbell was a superstar in the 1970's. He made the crossover from country music to popular music and movies even before Dolly Parton did. He played the part in True Grit that Matt Damon plays in the current remake of that classic. Along with Try A Little Kindness, he had hits with Rhinestone Cowboy, Galveston, Wichita Lineman and a host of others. For several years he had a weekly music/variety show on TV called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. I was an avid viewer. Yes, it was a little hokey, particularly the obligatory comedy sketches that this type of show featured. But, in the pre-MTV days, it was one of the few ways fans had a chance to see musical stars performing their hits. Each week Glen had guest stars perform on the show; it was one of the highlights of my week.

Glen wasn't alone in this type of show. Of course Ed Sullivan was the prototype, but Johnny Cash, Sonny and Cher, Flip Wilson, Judy Garland, Dean Martin and many others hosted their own weekly programs at one time or another. Check out YouTube sometime for some pretty incredible songs performed on these shows, captured in the moment, never repeated. Like Judy Garland performing duets with Barbra Streisand, Bobby Darrin and others. Incredible.

But back to Glen ("just shine your light for everyone to see..." running in my head.) One week his guest was Bobby Sherman. THE BOBBY SHERMAN. The one who I adored, whose photos from Tiger Beat Magazine were plastered all over the walls of my room. He sang Julie, Do You Love Me, dancing around in a gorgeous suit with a wide lavender tie. I must tell you that we had a black and white TV, so the fact that I saw the tie in lavender tells you just how powerful this image is for me. All because of Glen Campbell.

So thank you, Glen. Because my memories of The Goodtime Hour are so wonderful, I choose to overlook the fairly recent episode when you were arrested for intoxication and your police photo was plastered over the internet, and I try not to remember any details of your tumultuous and violent relationship with Tanya Tucker years ago. I will try a little kindness. Oh shoot, there it goes again.


  1. Well, I thought I'd left a comment here earlier, but it seems to have disappeared, so I must have done something wrong. The gist of it was that I didn't remember Glen Campbell's "Try a Little Kindness" and had to look it up on YouTube. Never should have done it!

  2. Found some time to comment!....get carried away as I come and go a lots.....but....I remember Glen Campbell....yes...he done a lots.....and I still love his songs...."Try a Little Kindness" is one of his favorites w/ me....that song says a lots and I try to apply kindness everywhere I go.....(hard sometimes)....but somehow we all need to look beyond the situation and keep working w/ the "kindness".....makes for a good feeling at the end of a long day!!