Found Performance – “Galveston” by Glen Campbell


The early releases of “Gentle On My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Hey Little One,” “I Wanna Live,” and “Wichita Lineman” gave a glimpse into the amazing talent that was to be Glen Campbell. When Galveston was released in 1969, it was easy to see that Campbell had arrived. Anybody who didn’t hear this song on the radio was either in solitary confinement or dead: It went to #1 on the Country Chart, #1 on the Easy Listening Chart, and to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The record was certified gold by the RIAA in October 1969.

“Galveston,” which grabbed the emotions of the country at the height of the Vietnam War, was written by Jimmy Webb — a prolific songwriter who penned many hit songs including Campbell’s “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “MacArthur Park” which was a hit for Richard Harris.

The studio recording of “Galveston” was backed by Hollywood’s famous Wrecking Crew. The Wrecking Crew, without any of us knowing at the time, played the instruments on many of the top hits of the ’60s and ’70s. Not coincidentally, Campbell himself was one of the most respected musicians in the Wrecking Crew, until he broke out on his own and became a an internationally famous superstar. Other Campbell hits would follow in the decades to come including his signature song “Rhinestone Cowboy” and the smash “Southern Nights,” written by the late New Orleans master musician Allen Toussaint. Campbell passed away in the summer of 2017. This performance is from Glen’s TV show (1969-’72) “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.”

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Author: Steven Smith

Presently editor and historical writer with Puget Sound Media in Seattle. Former radio broadcaster and radio station owner, 1970-1999. Journalism and speech communications degrees. I enjoy researching articles and online reporting that allows me to meld together words, audio and video. P.S. I appreciate and encourage reader comments and opinions.

13 thoughts on “Found Performance – “Galveston” by Glen Campbell

  1. From Wikipedia you find this “From December 1964 to early March 1965, Campbell was a touring member of the Beach Boys, filling in for Brian Wilson,[17] playing bass guitar and singing falsetto harmonies.”

  2. Brian….yes, there are even photos of Glen with the Beach Boys. I believe they picked him when he was with the Wrecking Crew

  3. I’ve been a Glen Campbell fan from way back. I first became aware of him in 1962 with a great album, I have in my collection, “Big Bluegrass Special”, with The Green River Boys & Glen Campbell on Capitol. It was Glen’s debut album & produced by the prolific Capital producer Nick Venet. Here’s a link to “Truck Driving Man” from that LP:

    There are other great Country Music/Bluegrass standards on that LP such as “No Vacancy”, “Browns Ferry Blues” and “There’s More Pretty Girls Than One”.
    Personally, my all-time favorite Glen hit was “Southern Nights” … although it’s hard to beat those great Jimmy Webb tunes.

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