Ovation is extremely proud to announce that country music legend and longtime endorsee, Glen Campbell has been inducted to the Musicians Hall of Fame. The museum sits adjacent to Nashville, TN’s Country Music Hall of Fame.
As absolutely amazing as Glen Campbell’s accomplishments have been in terms of his TV show and subsequent solo recording career, it is his contributions as a session player on a treasure trove of classic recordings that Glen was being honored for in the “Musician’s Hall of Fame. At age 24, this son of a sharecropper left his family of 14 in Billstown, Arkansas making his way to the Los Angeles studio scene where word of his great guitar playing spread quickly. Soon he found himself as a member of a clique of session players that would make musical history and become known as the “Wrecking Crew”. The crew included bassist, Carol Kaye, drummer Hal Blain, Leon Russell on keyboards, Jim Horn on brass and Tommy Tedesco and Barney Kessell on guitars. Glen’s guitar work was captured on classic recordings by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, the Righteous Brothers, Merle Haggard, Jan and Dean, the Monkees and the Beach Boys just to name a few. The Wrecking Crew is also famous for their work with producer Phil Spector and became keystones in his famous “wall of sound”.
It was right about the time his “Goodtime Hour” was making its way into America’s living room in 1969 that Glen met a resourceful inventor by the name of Charlie Kaman. Charlie had developed a new and improved acoustic guitar with a round back and felt Glen would be the kind of player’s player that would appreciate it. Charlie explained that the bowl shaped fiberglass back, served to project the sound and gave the guitar a unique and much improved presence. Glen was intrigued enough to give the 6-string a comprehensive test-drive right then and there. From that day on, Glen was seldom seen without an Ovation guitar in hand.
To this day, Glen Campbell and Charlie Kaman keep in touch. In fact, during every press interview on the day of his induction, when asked about the 12-string Ovation that he held and was about to donate, Glen spoke fondly and reverently of the guitar and its great inventor…his friend, Charlie Kaman.
For more information on the Musician’s Hall of Fame, visit www.musicianshalloffame.com.