"Did Glen Campbell ever sing with the Beach Boys?"
I sent him an envelope containing a one-word answer- "Yes."
Glen Campbell, who died recently after battling Alzheimer's, became a Beach Boy for a short time when Brian Wilson, who was already beginning to suffer from the mental problems that have plagued him his entire adult life, stopped touring and stayed home to write songs.
Campbell took Wilson's place touring and sang the high notes that were normally sung by Wilson.
Campbell got his start as a session musician with the famed Wrecking Crew that backed up artists ranging from the Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra and Rick Nelson to the Monkees to Merle Haggard, including performances on the songs that are featured in the videos accompanying this post.
Campbell became a national sensation in the late '60s with his songs Gentle on My Mind, By the Time I Get To Phoenix, Galveston, and Wichita Lineman.
He became a television star with a summer replacement show for the Smothers Brothers followed by his music-filled Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which lasted for three seasons.
The best part of that show was the instrumental sessions with Campbell, Jerry Reed, and banjo player Larry McNeely, as each of them tried to top the other.
At the same time as Campbell was succeeding in music and television, he also landed a key supporting role in the western movie True Grit, which starred John Wayne in an Oscar-winning performance. Campbell's performance, to be kind, was not Oscar-worthy. Actually, it was terrible.
His guitar-playing companion on the Goodtime Hour, Reed, had a much better movie career, starring in all of the Smokey and the Bandit movies and even acting alongside Robin Williams in a movie and holding his own.
A few years after the Goodtime Hour aired for the last time, Campbell had another string of hit songs, including two songs that reached the number one on the Billboard pop charts, Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights.
And now a few songs that Campbell did session work on and a lesser-known hit of his own