Showing posts with label GLEN CAMPBELL. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 23, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Tim McGraw

MONEY MONEY MONEY --- Everyone knows we are in the era of declining album sales, but it's is hard to fathom just how into the red it has gotten.

To date, no album that has been released in 2014 has made it to Platinum status, indicating sales of over one-million units. As of now, only the soundtrack from Frozen, released in 2013, has sold more than one million copies this year.

Albums are making it to Gold level (500,000 units sold) including eleven released this year including Michael Jackson's Xscape and the 70's infused Guardian's of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1.

Where there is a lot of gold and platinum being awarded is in singles (aka individual track downloads). For veteran artists, much of this action is in country music with Tim McGraw, alone, receiving four platinum singles in the last three months.

Continuing sales of older tracks is also moving some over the thresholds, including Fishin' in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band which was released on June 1, 1987 and has just received its platinum certification, and the Mighty Mighty Boss Tones' The Impression That I Get which has gone gold.

The big news, though, for older albums is that Fleetwood Mac's Rumours (released in 1977) has been given its twentieth platinum certificate, indicating sales of over twenty million units. That moves it into a tie for eighth place with Shania Twain on the list of the biggest selling albums of all-time in the U.S. The current Top ten are:

1. Their Greatest Hits - Eagles (29 million)

2. Thriller - Michael Jackson (29 million)

3. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin (23 million)

4. The Wall - Pink Floyd (Double) (23 million)

5. Greatest Hits Volume 1 and Volume 2 - Billy Joel (Double) (23 million)

6. Back In Black - AC/DC (22 million)

7. Double Live - Garth Brooks (Double) (21 million)

8. Come On Over - Shania Twain (20 million)

9. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (19 million)

10. The Beatles (Double) (19 million)

Interesting to note, there’s no Taylor Swift; Katy Perry; Beyonce; or, event U2 in the list. Says vet-music biz gunslinger David Salidor, who operates his own PR/Mgmt. firm in Manhattan and L. A., “The business has swung from a singles market; to an album market; and, now back to a singles one. But, a good song is still a good song. The real money right now is in the live-arena … from heritage-type acts to Katy Perry. Radio remains the #1 forum to launch a new song and artist. Good music will always be here; but, the way one obtains it today is a bit different. Think of all the different platforms one now has for their music. In a way, the music business has never been better. ”

WHICH WITCH IS WHICH --- With a twitch of the nose and a little bit of magic, the beloved Bewitched is coming back. The comedy series, which ran from 1964 through 1972, is being revived and reformatted in a new take; and, the lucky winner is NBC.

This new series will center around Daphne, the granddaughter of Samantha Stephens (played by Elizabeth Montgomery in the original series) and the daughter of Tabitha Stephens (played by Lisa Hartman in the spin-off series in 1976).

Daphne is to be a single twentysomething witch who has always used her magical powers to conjure herself the perfect life, our source confirmed, but, the witch runs into a bit of trouble when she discovers she can't conjure up true love. Isn't that always the case?

The original series followed Samantha Steven, a witch who marries an ordinary man (Dick York, then Dick Sargent) and tries to live a magic-free life.

In 2005, Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell starred in a Nora Ephron remake that failed to enchant viewers.

Me, I always adored Agnes Moorehead on this show. I wonder if there'll have her character Endora?

Glen Campbell

ONE MORE FOR GLEN --- Glen Campbell's bittersweet final recording, “I'm Not Going to Miss You," has struck a chord with fans, sending the singer into the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in 33 years.

The track was recorded during Campbell's final recording sessions at a time when he was already suffering the effects of Alzheimer's disease, an illness that has now advanced enough that Glen can no longer record or tour. It comes from the soundtrack of the new documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me; which is released today.

Debuting next week at number 90, the song actually has already charted better than his last Hot 100 single, 1981's “I Love My Truck,” which peaked at 96. Earlier that same year, his “I Don't Want to Know Your Name” went to 65. It's his 38th Hot 100 entry, including five top ten hits:

Wichita Lineman (1968 / #3)

Galveston (1969 / #4)

It's Only Make Believe (1970 / #10)

Rhinestone Cowboy (1975 / #1)

Southern Nights (1977 / #1)

Randy Jones

CLOSING NOTES --- Speaking of Glen Campbell - Thursday night, in rainy Manhattan at downtown Aleo restaurant, Randy Jones, from The Village People, serenaded Glen Campbell’s daughter with his version of her father’s “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Fete was for her new book, written with Mark Bego, called Life With My Father Glen Campbell (Overlook Press) ...

We lost Oscar De La Renta this week; even after designing the wedding dress for George Clooney's bride earlier this month. 50 nears on the fashion scene ... an amazing run. I had the pleasure of meeting him once and was immediately charmed by his gracefulness and charm. Rest easy Oscar ...

Have you seen the trailer yet for the next Avengers movie-coming in 2015. Its terrific, but James Spader, as the villain-Ultron is awesome. Someone posted of his charms "No actor projects intelligence and subtle power in his voice the way Spader does." Couldn't have said it better myself. Take a look.

Monday, October 13, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
David Crosby

CSNY & Y DEAD? --- David Crosby didn't mince words when the Idaho Statesman asked him to weigh in on the news that his on-again, off-again longtime creative partner Neil Young had filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 40 years (Pegi), saying you'd never see him breaking his marriage vows. “Not gonna happen, man,” he vowed. “I’ve been with my wife 37 years, and I’m in love with her. I ain’t goin’ nowhere.”

Crosby also made it clear that he doesn't think much of Young’s new girlfriend (actress Daryl Hannah). “Thirty-seven years! That’s a freakin’ miracle,” he continued. “And I just don't feel the urge to go try something new. And I happen to know that he’s hanging out with somebody that’s a purely poisonous predator now. And that’s karma. He’s gonna get hurt. But I understand why it happened. I'm just sad about it. I'm always sad when I see love get tossed in the gutter.”

So, while Croz may have put the final nail in the coffin for the platinum-supergroup, there’s one thing he says he does understand — the creative restlessness that has kept Young away from Crosby, Stills & Nash for extended periods of time. In fact, he admits that the recent run of dates he did in support of his latest solo album, Croz, were much more fulfilling for him than going out and flogging the old CSN hits one more time.

“I’m a lot like Neil in a way,” Crosby admitted. “I'm not thrilled to keep doing our hits. He doesn't like it at all and doesn't want to do it. And he doesn't have to. I kind of have to because it pays the rent. But I love those guys, and I love those songs.”

Although he insists he’s “singing as well as I ever have right now,” he can't say the same for Stephen Stills or Graham Nash. “Each of us has not survived at the same rate,” he said. “Steven’s voice is nowhere near what it was. Nowhere near. He knows it, and he’s trying hard to counteract it. But he’s still smoking cigarettes,” Crosby chides, “What the f—? I love the guy, but that’s just never gonna work out right. Nash is close to what he was. But he hasn't got quite the clarity on the edge that he used to have.”

Adam Lambert

LAMBERT & SMITH --- Adam Lambert was front and center at last week’s Sam Smith show at L. A.’s Greek Theater. Also there was Julianne Hough, joined by brother Derek, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashlee Simpson with new husband-Evan Ross, Maria Shriver with daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger, and Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

CAMPBELL’S THERE --- I saw an early sneak of the Glen Campbell I’ll Be Me doc about a month ago … and, it was positively chilling; devastatingly brilliant is how I described it at the time.
The documentary was shot during the artist’s last tour and, after the release of his brilliant last album Ghost On The Canvas, and well after the diagnoses of Alzheimer’s. The thinking was, as explained on the film, was that there’d be this one last musical release and this one last tour for the fans.

Everyone was vigilant in the fact that this all might now work, but Campbell not only completed every date on the tour, but surprised everyone, even his doctors, with his prowess during the tour; singing and playing like never before. The doctors eventually surmised that all this activity was good for him.

The documentary starts out with Glen and his wife watching old home movies and he not recognizing everyone and eventually asking who is this and who is that. Sad is an understatement as you have an individual who went on to extraordinary success and is left at the end of his life without all his memories.

The documentary was directed by James Keach (from the show business Keach-clan) who not only was given extraordinary access but has delivered a compelling, loving portrait of what his life is like now. Actually, Keach was an inspired choice, as having grown up with the trappings of show business himself, he was able to produce a fascinating look at Campbell the artist and where his life is right now.

The movie is filled with clips and memorabilia from his entire career and if you're a fan, as am I, you'll love watching this capsule-like portrait of his life and career.

A true highlight of the film is Campbell re-uniting at the end of the film, with the legendary Wrecking Crew (for his final recording "I'm Not Going To Miss You"); the Crew being the stellar band of L. A.-musicians who played on an extraordinary amount of hit records in the 60's and 70's - including The Beach Boys; The Monkees; Bread; and, even several of Campbell's own recordings.

Personally, I always loved his songs “Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife” and “Where’s The Playground Susie?,” perhaps two of his more obscure songs, but he was and is a towering presence in music. There'll never be another one like him. This is the must-see documentary of the year.

CLOSING NOTES --- Megan Hilty (Smash, 9 to 5, Wicked) and Courtney Reed (Aladdin, In The Heights) just added to Donnie Kehr's Rockers On Broadway gala on Monday, November 17.

SIGHTINGS: Lea Dunham and Jack Antonoff at Fortune House in Brooklyn Heights; Regis and Joy Philbin at Patsy’s; Robert Funaro and playwright Vincent Amelio at Mustang’s Harry’s on Seventh Avenue in NYC; PR-pasha David Salidor at Dinosaur Ribs in Brooklyn.

Friday, October 03, 2014



Glen Campbell

Over the course of Glen Campbell’s long and legendary career the songwriter and musician had a string of Top 10 solo hits, was handpicked by John Wayne to be his co-star in True Grit, hosted his own television variety show and headlined sold-out shows all over the world. Then in 2011, Glen Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim, announced that he has Alzheimer’s disease. In Life with My Father Glen Campbell (Overlook Press / Hardcover $26.95 / ISBN: 978-1-78038-858-8 / Publication Date: September 25, 2014) his daughter Debby Campbell offers a loving and candid account of the man she not only toured with for more than 20 years but whom she will always see first and foremost as her father.

Glen Campbell began his career as a session guitarist for many of the 1960’s biggest musical talents: The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and was a favorite go-to-guy for producers Phil Spector and Jimmy Bowen. In 1965 he was asked by The Beach Boys to join them on tour to replace the retiring Brian Wilson. It was after this experience that his own recording of “Gentle on My Mind” garnered his first of many crossover hits and in 1968, the Country Music Association honored him as the Entertainer of the Year the same year. His signature songs, written by Jimmy Webb - “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Galveston” - cemented his place in the American musical landscape.

Co-written with Mark Bego, bestselling pop music biographer and author of more than sixty books on rock and roll and show business, Life with My Father Glen Campbell paints a professional and personal picture of one of the greatest talents of our generation. Bego also contributes a touching Prologue, “Daughter of a Legend,” noting that the book is “a story of a father and his daughter, who had a wonderful streak of adventures together, through his many marriages, through his decades of substance abuse, show business glory, tabloid headlines, and the untimely ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Monday, August 19, 2013




The Collectibles

THE COLLECTIBLES --- Attorney and former judge James J. Kaufman next month (September) releases his new book The Collectibles (book two of a trilogy); and, it’s a fascinating, cross-generational novel based on one family; two strong men from separate worlds – one touch by tragedy, the other touched by greed, who re-unite in an unexpected way. 

Kaufman’s writing is immediately dramatic and thought-provoking. It’s one of the best reads we've yet experienced. Kauffman’s a proponent of building relationships and trust through storytelling and what with the recent exploits of people like Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner … we should applaud his methods. 

The 74-year old is also Chairman of the Board of Imaging the World which is changing global medicine through a revolutionary concept integrating technology, training and community to bring medical expertise and high quality health care to remote and under-served areas worldwide. Kaufman will be here in two weeks; more then.

BILL IN THE HAMPTON'S --- We were literally steps away from the entrance to East Hampton’s Herrick Park Saturday (for the 65th Annual Celebrity Artist & Writers softball game) when a jet-black SUV pulled up and out stepped former-President Bill Clinton, with a bevy of Secret Service men. 

Clinton had been in East Hampton all week (as was Jack Nicholson) and made a pit-stop to visit the game and make a few comments to the crowd. Perennially, this is a must-see, late summer event where such artists and writers, including this year’s rooster of Carl Bernstein; Mort Zuckerman; Walter Isaacson; actress Lori Singer; Jay McInerney; sports-writer Mike Lupica; Commissioner Ray Kelly, and, Matt Lauer, play a charity softball game. 

It’s always a hoot to see these bold-faced name splay ball. Lauer brought his son Jack to the proceedings and having a President there is always an added treat. Clinton was asked to ref a few innings, but, after a pregnant pause, he said he'd pass, as he’s made too many decisions already. Funny, right? No Hillary or Chelsea, but, it was a blast. While this year’s game may have lacked some marquee names, it was fun.

BURNING BRIDGES --- Glen Campbell began his musical career as a songwriter to many of the 1960's biggest stars. He transitioned to film with John Wayne in 1969's True Grit, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and was awarded a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 2012. During his 50 years in show business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums selling more than 45 million copies. His hits include “Galveston,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

For the last twenty-four years, Debby Campbell has been by her father's side, as a part of his concert touring act, as well as a supportive part of his family. She has been with her dad through his four wives, through drug and alcohol addiction, and now through the shattering beginnings of Alzheimer's disease. 

In her forthcoming memoir, Burning Bridges, Campbell, written with author Mark Bego, she writes her story of a father and his devoted daughter from her heart, and from her diary. She has shared some of the most rewarding years in her father's life. And now, for the first time, she blows the lid off of all of Glen Campbell's family secrets. It is about a family bound together by Glen's talent. Debby discusses the marriages, the drink and the drugs, the illness and her sacking, as well as Glen Campbell's many successes. In her frank family memoir she sets the record straight on a daughter's love for her talented father, with the full knowledge that she is about to start burning some bridges of her own. 

Mark Bego is the author of 61 published books on rock & roll, country music, and show business. He has been called “The Number One Best-Selling Pop Biographer” in Publisher’s Weekly, and has been referred to in the press as “The Prince of Pop Music Bio’s.” With over 10 million copies of his books in print, Bego has written two New York Times best-selling books (Michael! [Jackson] and Leonardo DiCaprio: Romantic Hero). 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013



By: G.H. Harding

Carlos Santana

A LOVE SUPREME – A few columns back we told you about a new Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin DVD, Live At Montreux/2011. We've watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Santana, and his band, are just exceptional; with a power and energy that was a most welcome surprise (they definitely came ready to play). McLaughlin, who I've enjoyed for years, is just terrific. Ironically, the performance that I enjoyed the most was John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” So joyous. 

Their 1973 album, Love, Devotion, Surrender, was an amazing work that endures today. The DVD even features a harmonica performance from one Claude Nobs, who has devoutly organized these Monteux festivals for years. He rocks out for sure. The group also performs "Stairway To Heaven" ... and, it is magnificent. A very, very superior work – loved it!

GLEN CAMPBELL --- From the Wrecking Crew to “Rhinestone Cowboy”; twenty-one Top 40 hits with two hitting No. 1; six Top 20 albums including chart-topper Wichita Lineman; twenty-seven country Top 10 singles -- spanning 22 years - and nine country No. 1 albums. Five Grammy Awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame honors and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; seven Academy of Country Music awards and a 1998 Pioneer Award recognition; and, three American Music Awards. 

And, not to mention hosting of one of the era’s most-beloved variety shows, Glen Campbell’s musical and entertainment lifetime, covering over five decades is totally unmatched for its breadth, popular appeal – and flat-out musical accomplishment and achievement. Last year, after his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s he released perhaps the best album of his career, Ghost On The Canvas. This week, he releases his final album, See You There – produced by Dave Darling and Dave Kaplan - which consists of the artist re-interpreting several of his classic songs. The re-imagining strips down the original versions - making this album as much a Campbell Unplugged, as anything. As a die-hard fan of the original versions, I was somewhat take aback by the new versions; but, as I listened more and more, the songs took on an even greater power. His voice remains as strong as ever; yet, you know the back story, which gives the music and even greater edge.

I grew up watching him on his TV show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, and perhaps even more than the terrific songs, he became an icon for my generation (he even appeared in the movie True Grit, at the behest of John Wayne, no less). I especially liked the renewed energy of “Wichita Lineman” and “Gentle On My Mind.” There’s a version of the song, “There’s No Me, Without You,” which first appeared on the Ghost album; again, stripped almost bare, but as moving as ever. Two of my favorite Glen songs, “Where’s, The Playground Susie” and “Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife,” are not here; but, I wondered how they would have sounded in this new bare-bones style.

Several comparisons have been made to the last album from Johnny Cash; and, I do see the similarities. Contextually, it’s still Campbell delivering his usual high caliber performance, but the re-envisioned productions are stunning in their starkness.

Demonstrating once again that his characteristic warmth and sense of humor are intact, Campbell titled the album See You There, an expression that’s been a trademark of his for decades, but takes on an added poignancy at this stage of his life and career. If you’re a fan; this is a must-have.

Robert Vaughn

GRANT CRIES UNCLE --- Though it’s been called the least necessary TV remake; Brit-Hugh Grant has been cast in the Guy Ritchie-remake of TV’s The Man From Uncle. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer are the leads. I loved this show, which ran from 1964-1968 and starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum.

This long-in-the-works remake, has at times announced George Clooney and Tom Cruise as it stars; and, director Steven Soderbergh was initially picked to direct. Honestly, I hope it’s good … but, after this summer’s disaster of The Lone Ranger; I am a bit worried. I only hope that both Vaughn and McCallum are at least cameo-ed in the flick. Stay tuned!

ANGELA EXITS WPLJ --- Our dear friend Theresa Angela, who fronted the promotional activities for NYC’s WPLJ, departs this week. We've worked with her for years and have found her to be one of the nicest and most capable personalities out there. Her assistance at so many events (especially when Tom Cuddy was involved) was especially excellent. She is, one of the key gate-keepers out there and she'd be a valuable asset anywhere. She'll announce her plans shortly. Thanks Theresa. 

Katy Perry

GAGA & PERRY --- Strange occurrence this week; both new songs from Lady Gaga (“Applause”) and Katy Perry (“Roar”) were leaked first on the Internet. Planned, or not planned? Both artists came out with statements decrying the incident. Industry-soothsayers say the former is what actually happened. The item was a trending item on yesterday’s Today Show. Me, I say a well-planned campaign is the only answer. OK, girls … you're off and running.

Photos By: Walter McBride/RD/Kabik/Retna