Performing Arts Center presents ‘A Tribute to Glen Campbell’

The Alhambra Performing Arts Center will present A Tribute to Glenn Campbell at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.

Alhambra Performing Arts Center (APAC), under the direction of Chef/Artistic Director Bill Yee, will present “A Tribute to Glen Campbell” performed by singer, songwriter, and recording artist Mark Carter at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra.

Mr. Carter has worked as a musician and entertainer in Southern California since 1973, performing in restaurants, hotels, and other concert venues. He has performed in many situations, including intimate solo guitar settings; bands that play blues, rock, country, and pop; and singing and playing in big bands at Disneyland and on cruise ships. As a guitarist, Mr. Carter has played with some of the biggest names in music, including Al Jarreau, Dave Koz, David Foster, Roger Williams, Glen Campbell, Englebert Humperdink, and Lee Greenwood. He has been featured many times with the Crystal Cathedral Orchestra. Smooth as Silk is his latest CD featuring contemporary jazz greats Greg Adams, Jeff Kashiwa, and Tim Redfield.

Mr. Carter’s music has received airplay on more than 50 radio stations across America, including KSBR in Mission Viejo, KJJZ in Palm Springs, XMRadio, and The Weather Channel. Jazz internet radio stations play his music around the world daily. He has also enjoyed a career in education. He is on staff as a guitar instructor at Singer Music in La Puente.

It isn't accurate to call Glen Campbell "pure country," but his smooth fusion of country mannerisms and pop melodies and production techniques made him one of the most popular country musicians of the late '60s and '70s. Mr. Campbell was one of the leading figures of country-pop during that era, racking up a steady stream of Top Ten singles, highlighted by classics like By the Time I Get to Phoenix, I Wanna Live, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy, and Southern Nights. Boasting Mr. Campbell's smooth vocals and layered arrangements, where steel guitars bounced off sweeping strings, those songs not only became country hits, they crossed over to the pop charts as well, which was appropriate, since that is where he began his musical career. Originally, he was a Los Angeles session musician, playing on hits by the Monkees, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Merle Haggard. By the end of the '60s, he had become a successful solo artist, and that success would not abate until the late '80s, when he stopped having radio hits and began concentrating on live performances at his theater in Branson.

Following Brian Wilson's breakdown and retirement from the road in 1965, Mr. Campbell became a touring member of the Beach Boys for several months. At the end of his tenure as the group's temporary bassist, the Beach Boys offered him a permanent spot in the band, but he turned them down when they wouldn't allow him to have an equal cut of the group's royalties. A few months after rejecting their offer, the Beach Boys' record label, Capitol, offered Mr. Campbell a full-fledged contract. His first release under his new long-term Capitol contract was a version of Buffy Sainte-Marie's The Universal Soldier, which peaked at number 45. For much of 1966, he continued to pursue studio work, but he released Burning Bridges toward the end of the year, and it climbed to number 18 on the country charts early in 1967.

Throughout the late '60s and early '70s, Mr. Campbell continued to rack up hit singles, including the number one hits Wichita Lineman (1968) and Galveston (1969), plus the Top Ten singles Try a Little Kindness (1969), Honey Come Back (1970), Everything a Man Could Ever Need (1970), and It's Only Make Believe (1970). In 1968, he began recording duets with Bobbie Gentry, and they had hit singles with their versions of two Everly Brothers songs: Let It Be Me, which reached 14 in 1969, and All I Have to Do Is Dream, which peaked at number six in 1970. Also in 1969, he began a film career, appearing in the John Wayne movie True Grit that year and Norwood the following year.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted during intermission. Seating is limited, so first come, first served.  

APAC is a member of the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music Presenters and a member of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce.

Refreshments will be by Le Cordon Bleu Chef Mario Bolanos and Patisserie Artist Catherine Shaffer.

For more information, contact Mr. Yee at 626-230-5435, or e-mail bizwind@yahoo.com.


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