On March 5, 1963, country music singers Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Cowboy Copas were killed in a plane crash outside Camden, Tennessee, following a benefit concert for the widow of a Kansas City disc jockey named “Cactus” Jack Call, who had died in a car crash. Dark days in the country music world, for sure. Cline’s career was just peaking, of course, her version of Willie Nelson’s song “Crazy” having rocketed up to #2 on the Billboard Country Chart the previous year and become her de facto anthem.
To commemorate that tragic day we’ve gone a slightly unusual route, perhaps. Here’s a fantastically sung and passionately played version of “Crazy,” by the always underrated Glen Campbell (1936-2017); it’s easy to forget that Glen was an ace session guitarist in Hollywood (part of the famed “Wrecking Crew”) years before he became famous. In this clip from The Glen Campbell Music Show in 1982, he plays one of his beloved Ovation composite guitars. Frankly, the clip does not do the guitar justice (TV always tending to the treble side), but check out Campbell’s short, sizzling solo toward the end!
And if you’ve got another 15-plus minutes, this interview below from British TV in 1981 includes an interview segment with Campbell (and a wild-eyed Billy Connolly) in which he talks a bit about his life before music, his studio work… and the Ovation guitar, which he shows up close and plays a little number on! What a good guy and great singer/guitarist! — Blair Jackson