Campbell showcasing his genius
John Hartford wrote “Gentle on My Mind”, a Grammy Award winning piece. Two of those Grammy’s were for Best Folk Performance and Best Country & Western Song (Songwriter) given to Hartford. The other two awards were won by Glen Campbell: Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Male and Best Country & Western Recording. Campbell did a good job at making his version of Hartford’s song.
Launched in June 1967 as the only single from the Gentle on My Mind album, it did not do well. Come July 1968, Glen Campbell re-released which gained more success. His version had a very high demand on the radio receiving over 5 million plays. Between 1969 and 1972, Campbell used “Gentle on My Mind” as the theme to his own television variety show entitled The Campbell Goodtime Hour.
Due to its popularity, several other musicians covered it. Dean Martin’s version, recorded in 1968, had a huge success in the United Kingdom. Three versions of the song—Campbell’s, Martin’s and Patti Pages’s—all occupied the top ten of the US Easy Listening chart in 1968. On BMI’s Top 100 Songs of the Century, the track ranked number 16.
On Country’s Family Reunion, Singer, songwriter and longtime band member with Glen Campbell, Carl Jackson sings “Gentle on My Mind” with Glen’s daughter, Ashley Campbell.
Country’s Family Reunion
While Ashley Campbell was growing up, Glen Campbell (father) and Kim Campbell (mother) encouraged her to sing and play the piano. Among her many musical talents—singing, songwriting, playing the banjo—she added playing acoustic guitar once she began attending high school. Moreover, Campbell also landed roles in improve groups and local musicals.
Ashley attended college and majored in theater. After a director cast her in a role wherein she needed to play the banjo, that was the first time she picked up the said instrument. Campbell subsequently mastered her own banjo technique with the help of Carl Jackson, godfather and noted banjo player. Following graduation from college, Ashley joined up as part of the band as a banjo player, keyboardist, and harmony vocalist for her father’s farewell tour. Campbell has since branched out to pursue a solo career. On June 29, 2015, she released her debut single “Remembering”, a touching tribute to her famous father Glen.
[on her father Glen Campbell] “I don’t want anyone to think I’m using my dad’s name as a crutch. It’s part of my identity and who I am. It’s where I came from, and I’m proud of it. And if I didn’t think I could back it up with my own talent, then I wouldn’t be [making music]. I’m honoring him by embracing being his daughter”.