August 22, 2007 12:15 PM
It’s easy to forget the impact Glen Campbell had on popular music in the late ’60s and ’70s, but a good way to recall just what a prolific hitmaker he was is through Time Life’s new DVD compilation culled from CBS’ 1969-72 “Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” due out in early October.
Wholesome and handsome, Campbell was a true crossover artist who, after breaking through in a major way in 1967 with John Hartford-penned “Gentle on My Mind,” went on to straddle the line between country and pop with unprecedented agility on the strength of a spate of Jimmy Webb songs: “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Where’s the Playground Susie?” and “Galveston.”
The DVD also features insightful comments from Campbell today as well some impressive duets with guests including Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Cher, Bobbie Gentry, Roger Miller, Anne Murray, Ricky Nelson, an almost unrecognizable Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt and B.J. Thomas. Good times!