Crooner preps for post-'True Grit' pic

July 2, 1968
GOOD MORNING: Glen Campbell is already warming for his second Hal Wallis pic post-“True Grit” with John Wayne. The next, in a one-a-year pact is “Norwood” — and the plan, sez Campbell, is to give him an “Andy Griffith image.” … Meanwhile, the singer-musician took time off his Summer Bros. tv’r to weekend-hop to England and guest with Bobbie Gentry… Campbell may rejoin Jim Webb on the “Up, Up and Away” spec and Webb’s wending to Par to title-tune “Grit” for Glen. Just one, big happy — talented — family… (2008 Update)… Campbell called me between golf games and taping promos for his new Capitol Records platter, “Meet Glen Campbell.” He laughingly heard me recall the above 40-year-old column. And yes, he and Jim Webb are still pals “and we’re still planning to do another album.” But now, Glen is busily readying appearances with the new album. He’ll play a rare L.A. club gig, at West Hollywood’s Troubadour on Tuesday. Howcum the album’s title is “Meet Glen Campbell”? I asked. “Exactly that — so people who don’t know me — can meet me. And — it’s a different sound.” He is particularly proud of the tune “Grow Old With Me” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. “She (Yoko) came down to give me the song — three-four months ago. The song is beautiful and she is a sweetheart.” He sounded so full of the song, I actually asked him to sing some of it to me. How much chutzpah can I have?! Glen didn’t take a beat, but proceeded to warmly warble these lines — “Grow old along with me — the best is yet to be. When our time has come, We will be as one. So God bless our love — God Bless our love. Grow old along with me, two branches of one tree…” He sounded warm and moved as he sang on the phone, which he transformed. He admitted being as happy as ever — especially with this new album and is looking forward to singing — in person. We kidded about his movie career — “Norwood” was his last film. “Here was a singer and a football player — playing actors! I’m not an actor.” Glen reminisced about his experience working in movies. “You just hurry up and wait,” he laughed. “I wasn’t cut out to be an actor.” Glen, 72, lives in Malibu, has 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He said, “I’m just happy being me.”

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