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Tucson Daily Citizen (Newspaper) - April 1, 1972, Tucson, Arizona Delight's delight heads for Tucson Probably few people in the world would ever have heard of Delight, Arkansas if Glen Campbell hadn't come from there. But he did and the world knows about it. He's even put his folks on television recently to expose some more of the Campbell clan to the big time. The seventh son of a seventh son, Campbell is bringing his stage show to Tucson's new Community Center Arena at p.m. April 16, a show billed as "one of the slickest country-western shows any- where." "What do you do to make your show so I asked Campbell on the phone the other morning. "What do you do that other entertainers "Nothing, he re- plied. "I just get up and sing." Well, he's going to "get up and sing" he pronounces it "sang" here with a little help from two friends, Jerry Reed, who recently copped a Grammy for "When You're Hot, You're and Larry McNeely, the shut-faced, shy little banjo plucker who shares the screen each week on Campbell's CBS television hour. Backing them up will be a 21-piece orchestra, most of them local musicians playing Campbell's arrangements. Campbell plays about 20 concert dates a year when he's not producing the tele- vision show, plays Las Vegas for four weeks, Tahoe for two more and devotes most of the rest of the time to whipping up million-selling LPs. Concerts pay up to a member I have to pay Seed, McNeely anc' travel ex- he a hand- some increase over the days when the honey-haired singer made S1.25 per hundred weight picking Arkansas cot- ton. It's amazing that Campbell ever broke out of his own country music making family, with competition from a fa- ther who plays har- monica and piano, a mother who plays a bit of fiddle, some of his 11 brothers and sisters and a slug of strumming un- cles. But he did it with a guitar supplied by Sears and Roebuck. Campbell was four when he got it. Slim pickings greeted his early endeavors church pic- nics, county fairs. Radio at age 6. Houston-Galveston nightclubs at 14. He had dropped out of school in the 10th grade: "They weren't teaching me how to play or sing." In 1956 Campbell joined his uncle Dick Bills' country band at Albuquerque, known as the Sandia Mountain Boys, and met Tucson's Jim Sloane, now manager of radio station KCUB which is promoting Campbell's show here. Two years later, Campbell struck out on his own with his Western Wranglers, using the Hitching Post in Albuquerque as headquarters. Not for long. In 1960, Campbell went to Los Angeles and became a top studio recording artist for the next seven years. He backed such artists as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Glen Campbell signing autographs at Tucson National Golf course in January Elvis Presley and the Mamas and the Papas. I told Campbell I had read some where that he had played 586 recording dates a year. Had to be a misprint, I laughed. "No, it's Campbell said. "That was in 11 months. Those were great days. We made a pop." And he was earning to annually. Why did the man who doesn't read music want to give up that kind of bread for a chance at more? "Wanted to try a new Campbell said. "Recording." It was a smart move. The master of five-string banjo, 6 and 12-string guitar, mandolin and bass scored a minor suc- cess with "Turn Around Look At Me" that attracted the at- tention of Capitol records. Un- der that label, "Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry" and "I Got To Have My Baby Back" soon followed. Campbell tooled along as a regular on the "Shindig" television show, subbed for Brian Wilson singing with the Beach Boys (and expanded his range a note-and-a-half in the Then BINGO! 1967 brought "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Gentle On My Mind." Campbell was plaqued and statued to death: Best coun- try-Western Vocalist, Best Male Vocalist, Best Con- temporary Vocalist, Enter- tainer of the Year by the County Music Association, Artist of the Year by music Operators of America and on like that. The six-foot, 175 pound blue- eyed wonder of the western music world had arrived. People CARED that he doesn't smoke, doesn't drink, belongs to the Church of Christ, is an ambivalent Democrat a registered Democrat but I haven't voted that way in some has given up weight lifting and diving for the more gentle- manly game of golf (his four- some came in second at the first Tucson Dean Martin Open Golf Tournament in Campbell's preoccupations these days are his recordings he makes about two LPs a year, supervising song selec- tion and arrangements him- self. He hasn't the time nor in- clination to write many songs, leaving the job to such talent as Jimmy Webb whose "Clown Exit Laughing" he is on the verge of recording. How about the movie ca- reer? The six-picture pact with "I got out of he said. "I would like to do a good western, though." The Community Center box offices at 350 S. Church Ave. and the west side of the mall in El Con Shopping Center are selling tickets to Campbell's show at S3.50, 84.50, ?5.50 and S6.50. 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