While Wikipedia sets the date at January 22, 1969, Today in Oldies Music History says that on this date in 1969 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour premiered on CBS! At the time, I was a big Glen Campbell fan.I had most of his hit albums and loved both his singing and his playing. The thing that I liked about the show was the presence of John Hartford for a while and later his replacement Larry McNeely! And while in the years following this show I moved away from Campbell’s music, his music and John Hartford’s helped set me on the Folk Americana music journey that I’ve been on for these many years. So thanks Glen!
Here’s two videos from the show. the first is Glen and John Hartford performing the show’s theme song John’s “Gentle on My Mind”. If ny memory is correct this may be from the first show!> That video is followed by Glen, Jerry Reed and Larry McNeely playing “Rocky Top and Banjo Signal” I will admit that I had forgotten about McNeeely replacing John Hartford on the show and I had to look him up on Wikipedia, but he was a helluva good banjo player. The video also showcases Glen’s fine talents on the guitar!!