Hello, September! It’s another month for us all and another exciting month for Country Music as well. Do you still remember Jim Glaser?
Well, it has been 33 years ago this month that he logged his lone chart-topper, “You’re Gettin’ To Me Again,” which reached the summit of Billboard’s country singles chart on September 13, 1984.
The tiny independent label “Noble Vision Records” released this song and it was not easy to push this record to the top position. Interestingly, the promotional cost was way too much that Noble Vision closed shortly afterward.
A Dream Come True
The song “You’re Gettin’ To Me Again” was the final step in a dream that took thirty years in the making. Jim Glaser worked for years as a member of his brother’s act “Tompall & The Glaser Brothers,” which made him fairly established in the record business. In 1959, the Glasers sang background vocals on Marty Robbins’ megahit “El Paso,” and in 1963 they sang behind Johnny Cash on his super-smash “Ring Of Fire.”
The Glasers Brothers, however, wanted to be bigger and to be known independently. Somehow, they were able to manage and become quite successful through the years with a few good hits like “Rings,” which went to #7 in 1971, and the Kris Kristofferson-penned “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again).” That one peaked at #2.
However, the Glasers got sidetracked by their ownership of both an artist-management firm and the publishing company that owned the copyrights to John Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind” and “Woman, Woman” (which Jim Glaser wrote for the rock group “Gary Puckett & The Union Gap”). This resulted in the Glaser Brothers disbandment in 1973 and stayed apart for six years. As a result, Tompall Glaser became associated with Waylon Jennings and played a significant role in his career throughout the ‘70s, even participating on country music’s first million-selling album, “Wanted: The Outlaws” on RCA in 1976, featuring Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Jessi Colter.
As early as 1968, Jim Glaser had already made an appearance on the Billboard charts, but by 1979, he was still looking for the right break when he met a pop promotion man for A & M Records named Don Tolle. Don was from Atlanta and he wanted to develop his own label, but it wasn’t until 1982 that he could muster enough financial support to get Noble Vision Records agree.
Glaser was his first artist and the company managed unusually well for an independent. Four singles from Jim’s album “The Man In The Mirror” jumped into the Billboard Top Twenty and the fifth, “Your Gettin’ To Me Again,” finally made number one. Unfortunately, Noble Vision was unable to duplicate that success.
Tolle lost his financial backing for the label due to the high costs of promotion. Although they did manage to log five hit singles from an album that had been on the charts for a year and a half, it was still operating in the red. Noble Vision could no longer function as a stand-alone company and its distribution was picked up by giant MCA, but the relationship lasted a very short time before the deal was canceled. Glaser, meanwhile, returned to serve as a backup vocalist, appearing on such hits as “Watchin’ Girls Go By” by Ronnie McDowell and a couple of Sylvia’s Top Ten records: “Tumbleweed” and “Drifter.”
I feel that it’s just too bad that this happened to Jim, it’s just a waste of talent. He would have probably had a better chance if he was with a better record label or manager then. He definitely deserves a second chance ya’ll. What do you say?
jim glaser, you gettin to me again
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