Where Does Glen Campbell Live?

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Right. Settle a pub debate. Go and listen to "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", note lyrics. The questions are these: where is Glen starting from? Is he going in an any way sensible route? Is it possible for him to be taking said route, within the timeframe of the song?

I apologise, proper questions will return tomorrow.

Tom, Sunday, 3 September 2000 00:00 (14 years ago) Permalink

I would guess that Glen is starting from somewhere in Central California. Let's say Bakersfield (a reasonable assumption considering Glen's occupation, but somewhere further South would make more sense geographically.) If Glen were to leave just after midnight, he probably would make Phoenix in roughly the time his girl is rising. Albuquerque in another 8 or so hours away, which would put him there when she is winding up her shift in her 9 to 5 job. And yes, Glen would be in Oklahoma roughly the time she's going to bed again.

Glen is not taking the most direct route these days, but when the song was written, there were fewer huge coast-to-coast freeways. It could have been the best way to go at that time. He's probably heading for the East Coast somewhere, maybe to look up an old girlfriend. And he could be driving drunk so watch out!

Mark Richardson, Sunday, 3 September 2000 00:00 (14 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...
hey there , Glen Campbell lives in phoenix AZ..he has a big house on Camelback mountain, in {Phoenix. I know this because I used to klive there and was asociated wtih the music business.

andy greenhouse, Tuesday, 5 August 2003 09:03 (11 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...
I have been listening to GC.

Who likes the song, 'Galveston'? About 6 years ago, Steady Mike told me that it was about Vietnam!

Also: what I have got is on the borders of country aqnd lush balladry. Did GC record more straightforward country music, also?

the glenfox, Thursday, 23 September 2004 14:21 (10 years ago) Permalink

I didn't even know Glenn had a drinking problem when I posted this four years ago. I think that was my first ILM post.

Mark (MarkR), Thursday, 23 September 2004 14:37 (10 years ago) Permalink

I initially read this as 'Why Does Glen Campbell Live?,' which seemed a bit despairing.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 23 September 2004 14:38 (10 years ago) Permalink

The place-specificity of those of Jimmy Webb songs must've had a lot to do with their emotional appeal. I'll bet GC was massively popular in Wichita, Phoenix and East Texas.

briania (briania), Thursday, 23 September 2004 14:43 (10 years ago) Permalink

i've been scooping up GC albums by the handful lately. they're all less than 4 dollars and so far have been pretty great. lots of his stuff is very lush, and probably my favorite of his stuff is the more pop oriented (the Wichita Lineman album and the one with Bobby Gentry are my faves so far), but he definitely has tons of purer country & Bluegrass stuff. his first album is even called Big Bluegrass Special.

JaXoN (JasonD), Thursday, 23 September 2004 16:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

That Capitol Years 2CD set is amazing.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 23 September 2004 16:32 (10 years ago) Permalink

In the Surreal Life House, usually.

Taxi Dancing in the Soft Prison (Ben Boyer), Thursday, 23 September 2004 16:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

Glen was starting from Hollywood.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:05 (10 years ago) Permalink

Mark, that post is hilarious. Indeed, Glen was in need of a small vacation.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Friday, 24 September 2004 02:31 (10 years ago) Permalink

I have the Capitol Years set as well, and only really listen to disc one. Hey Little One is my fave discovery

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Friday, 24 September 2004 03:24 (10 years ago) Permalink

I always enjoyed "Universal Soldier". That guy can play and sing.

jim wentworth (wench), Friday, 24 September 2004 03:37 (10 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...
He lives at: 28 BILTMORE EST, PHOENIX, AZ 85016

Walter, Tuesday, 16 May 2006 06:29 (8 years ago) Permalink

.. and you got that from the lyrics of "By the time I get to phoenix" ? Awesome!

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 16 May 2006 07:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

He can come round to my house ANY TIME HE WANTS. I will even put the kettle on.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 16 May 2006 07:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

4 years pass...

I just heard Scott Walker's 'lights of cincinnati' and it reminded me of this song.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 14:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Perhaps you could also connect it to 'streets of Baltimore'.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 14:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

I worked out that if Gene Pitney was 24 hours from Tulsa, he was most likely in the atlantic ocean.

Mark G, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 14:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

saw that.

gives me the sads. :(

Alpaca Lips (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 22 June 2011 23:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

yep i wondered why this tour was listed as his farewell one. very sad but super glad i got to see him a year ago, and will get to see him on this tour. also my wife got to work on promoting meet glen campbell so it's been a good glen related few years!

I'm A Genius, Too! (Jamie_ATP), Wednesday, 22 June 2011 23:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

I had no idea :'-(

...wow! (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 23 June 2011 00:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

Bummer :(

BIG TOONCES aka the steendriving cat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 23 June 2011 01:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

very, very sad. glen campbell does not get the props from musicophiles that he deserves. he has an extremely musical sense that made a lot of his albums much better than they had any right to be. even some of his odder, more idiosyncratic moves--like having a celtic tune on each of his albums for a while--actually work out pretty well. and he is a beautiful singer--if you need proof beyond the hits, get that reunion album w/ jimmy webb. he navigates some knotty lyrics and soaring melodies very powerfully.

anyone know where i could write this guy? not that it will mean much, but i do hold a ton of respect and admiration for him and would like an opportunity to express that.

by another name (amateurist), Thursday, 23 June 2011 01:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

That sucks. As to the O.P.'s question, it seems obvious he's starting in L.A., being a Jimmy Webb song and all.

Ktulu says, I've come to hate my body (wk), Thursday, 23 June 2011 04:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

l.a. to phoenix is just a few hours, though.

by another name (amateurist), Thursday, 23 June 2011 05:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

6, if you take the interstate. 10 otherwise.

by another name (amateurist), Thursday, 23 June 2011 05:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

i suppose that's more than a few.

by another name (amateurist), Thursday, 23 June 2011 05:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

:( i saw him last year at our local horrendously cheesy casino. i didn't have high expectations but i wanted to see him because <3 and i was very glad i did; his guitar playing was really great and he sang a lot better than i expected, and he had a good band and he talked with fine sensibility about music and he was generous and sincere in his praise of his peers. he was a little confused at times though so this news is not completely surprising. now i'm even gladder i took the opportunity and i hope he's at peace.

estela, Thursday, 23 June 2011 05:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Glen was starting from Hollywood.
― gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, September 23, 2004 10:05 AM (6 years ago)

sorry you guys can't read upthread.

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 23 June 2011 05:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Want to reiterate that he is indeed still fantastic live - the show i saw was with an orchestra and he came out to Wichita Lineman - almost cried it was so good. And also people should definitely check out that Meet Glen Campbell album. Dude even made me like a U2 song.

Also:

I'm A Genius, Too! (Jamie_ATP), Thursday, 23 June 2011 07:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

this is a great video

I'm A Genius, Too! (Jamie_ATP), Thursday, 23 June 2011 07:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

could just keep posting these all day

I'm A Genius, Too! (Jamie_ATP), Thursday, 23 June 2011 07:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

glen campbell does not get the props from musicophiles that he deserves.

Amen to that. Love him. All the best, Glen.

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 June 2011 09:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

He gets plenty of props! Musicophiles who don't respect are not worth anyone's time. My only beef is that many young people don't know about Glen Campbell, he's not being sold to them as a canonical artist. But he's a pop country and some people will never respect that.

There are lots of people named Dennis in this world (u s steel), Thursday, 23 June 2011 10:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

glen campbell does not get the props from musicophiles that he deserves

Ooh, he does!

(ah you just said that. OK, still posting this)

Mark G, Thursday, 23 June 2011 11:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

Would suggest sending him one of our many "Wichita Lineman" threads to show how much we love him but that's probably not appropriate.

BIG TOONCES aka the steendriving cat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 23 June 2011 22:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

My one friend in the "music biz" told me about this a couple years ago, so sadly it's probably progressed pretty far by now.

He's got one of the greatest voices in the history of music. My favorite has always been this:

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 23 June 2011 22:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

some of his odder, more idiosyncratic moves--like having a celtic tune on each of his albums for a while

Have a dim memory of seeing him, on some chat show or something, whipping out a set of bagpipes and tootling away on them (in celebration of his "Scottish heritage").

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 24 June 2011 11:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's a fairly scottish name, tbf

Mark G, Friday, 24 June 2011 11:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fo sure, and at least he wasn't claiming to be Irish, like most of them do.

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 24 June 2011 11:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

Of ocurse, being a supremely talented geezer, he could actually play the pipes!

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 24 June 2011 11:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

He is really talented. I believe he was one of the only if not the only guys in the Wrecking Crew/Shindig crowd who couldn't really read music, but the stuff he came up with was so good they didn't care.

BIG TOONCES aka the steendriving cat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 June 2011 11:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sad, yes. I still remember his variety show from the early '70s, when everybody got their own variety show--I think I may have had one myself for a while. From Wikipedia: "With Campbell's session-work connections, he hosted major names in music on his show including: the Beatles (on film), David Gates and Bread, the Monkees, Neil Diamond, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller and helped launch the careers of Anne Murray, Mel Tillis and Jerry Reed who were regulars on his Goodtime Hour program." Grammar aside, an impressive list.

clemenza, Friday, 24 June 2011 11:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sad, yes. I still remember his variety show from the early '70s, when everybody got their own variety show--

Indeed, even Scott Walker had one

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 24 June 2011 11:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Scott Walker One-Day-I'm-Going-to-Be-a-Rockist-Cult-Figure Hour? I remember that.

clemenza, Friday, 24 June 2011 11:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

"But for now, here's the Young Generation!!"

Mark G, Friday, 24 June 2011 11:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

"... and their interpretation of a song from my last album, 'My Death'"

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 24 June 2011 11:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

Has anyone noticed the similarity between Bennie Hill's "Ernie" and Scott's "Jackie" ?

Still, Glen Campbell, eh?

Mark G, Friday, 24 June 2011 12:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

/some of his odder, more idiosyncratic moves--like having a celtic tune on each of his albums for a while/

Have a dim memory of seeing him, on some chat show or something, whipping out a set of bagpipes and tootling away on them (in celebration of his "Scottish heritage").
--R. Stornoway (Tom D.)


Which records were those? I was looking on AMG and couldn't find them.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 24 June 2011 13:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

Never though much about Glen Campbell until this last week...

Just finished watching the Wrecking Crew film a few days ago and previously had no idea how many classic records of the 60's he played on.. Then next day the story about his illness hit the news..

Today I bought a copy of Wichita Lineman LP for a euro, and i'm really enjoying it..

His version of These Days posted by Jamie upthread is breathtaking...

Night Nurse with Wound (Jack Battery-Pack), Friday, 24 June 2011 18:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

His version of These Days posted by Jamie upthread is breathtaking...

I know everybody does this song, but... damn

winoa ryder sexes creatures of the night (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 24 June 2011 18:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, pretty great. I think it's one of those indestructible songs, like "Only Love Can Break Your Heart."

clemenza, Friday, 24 June 2011 18:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

Was thread about those types of songs once, but can't think of how to find it.

BIG TOONCES aka the steendriving cat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 June 2011 19:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

/some of his odder, more idiosyncratic moves--like having a celtic tune on each of his albums for a while/
Have a dim memory of seeing him, on some chat show or something, whipping out a set of bagpipes and tootling away on them (in celebration of his "Scottish heritage").
--R. Stornoway (Tom D.)

Which records were those? I was looking on AMG and couldn't find them.
― Naive Teen Idol, Friday, June 24, 2011 8:01 AM (11 hours ago) Bookmark

among others: basic, old home town (both really good albums)

by another name (amateurist), Saturday, 25 June 2011 01:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

have to wonder...which Pollard tune is he covering?

You Post on ILX (Simon H.), Saturday, 25 June 2011 05:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

nvm, Wikipedia tells us it's "Hold On Hope"

You Post on ILX (Simon H.), Saturday, 25 June 2011 06:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I missed the AD news til today. damn. like clemenza I remeber the variety show from my childhood, as well as the late '60s albums.

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 20:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

more talk on this other thread also:

Glen Campbell: Outlaw!

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 20:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

Sometimes a journey can be a state of mind. What if all his hits only happened in his mind? A possibly inconclusive Then Play Long piece.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 12:17 (2 years ago) Permalink


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