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Video find: Pre-Velvet Underground John Cale on "I've Got a Secret," 1963


Coming up: Glen Campbell's "Gentle On My Mind," "Wichita Lineman" And "Galveston" To Be Reissued On Vinyl

From the news release:

Gentle on My Mind, Wichita Lineman and Galveston, the star-making albums that helped make Glen Campbell a global superstar and household name, will be reissued on vinyl on March 24 via Capitol Nashville/UMe. The three titles, which haven't been available on vinyl for decades, will be released on standard black vinyl and housed in replicas of the original sleeve art. Each album will also receive a limited edition color run that will be available exclusively at GlenCampbell.com at a later date.

Gentle on My Mind, released in 1967 on Capitol Records, was Campbell's breakthrough album. It was the first to go to No. 1 on the country music charts and reach the platinum sales mark of one million albums sold. At its heart was the single, "Gentle on My Mind," a cover of John Hartford's original that so enchanted Campbell, he called in some of his buddies from his legendary studio band, The Wrecking Crew (which included Leon Russell), and recorded it himself to submit to his producer Al De Lory. His first major hit, the song earned him his first two Grammy Awards and made the Arkansas native a rising star.

Released as Campbell was becoming a television star, film actor and crossover sensation, Wichita Lineman remains Campbell's best-selling album. The double-platinum release reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and stayed there for a month (bracketed by Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland and only unseated by The Beatles (The White Album). Wichita Lineman stayed atop the country music charts for 20 weeks and was the year's top release in the genre. Centerpiece single, "Wichita Lineman," written by Campbell's songwriting soulmate Jimmy Webb, was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards and Single of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. In 2000, the title track – one of Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" – was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Campbell teamed up with Webb again for two hits on his next album, Galveston, released in 1969. The title track returned to No. 1 and was a crossover hit. The duo logged another minor hit with the follow up single, "Where's the Playground Susie." Campbell's last platinum-selling album of his late-1960s run arrived as he began to host his own television variety show, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," and became a household name in the U.S.

Taken together, Gentle on My Mind, Wichita Lineman and Galveston capture the Country Music and Musicians Halls of Fame member at the height of his powers. A country superstar, a member of The Beach Boys with his fingerprints on music history, one of pop's greatest guitar players – all his personas can be found on this amazing run of albums.  

Coming up: Unreleased music from Lous Armstrong

From the news release:

Dot Time Records is proud to announce its partnership with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc.
This newly established agreement will include four previously unreleased productions from the archives of Queen's College, which houses the Louis Armstrong collection. The releases will be part of the Dot Time Records 'Legends' series.
Jerry Roche, who heads the Legends Series for Dot Time Records, was in search of undiscovered gems by Armstrong and was stunned by what he found when researching the archives. "When I heard this music by Louis Armstrong", said Roche, "I was totally overwhelmed. Producing this music would mean people could connect again with the greatness of Louis Armstrong." Roche who will be producing this series of never before commercially released music said, "I made it my mission to make the music available."
The productions will be available in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats. A special collector's edition will also be available.
Oscar Cohen, who was Louis Armstrong's manager and is the sole and exclusive agent for the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. and the estate of Louis Armstrong said, "Louis Armstrong is the most beloved and iconic artist of our time. His sound, his voice, his love – he forever touches the hearts of people everywhere". Lisa Cohen, Vice President of Associated Booking Corp. and on the board of directors of Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. said, "We are so happy to be working with Dot Time Legends to bring more of Louis Armstrong's beautiful recordings to the world, to hear the music and feel the love".

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