Just some thoughts:
Monday nights often finds me at the Station Inn here in Nashville, Tennessee.
For the past months Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle and Val Storey play there on Monday nights. Carl Jackson fronts the show and is a great player and performer. Likewise are Cordle and Storey. Jackson was Glen Campbell’s musical director for twelve years traveling the world with him, and was also a part of his successful television show.
I was talking with Jackson the other night during a break. I told him that the past two days I had been listening to three or four live albums that Campbell had done in years past. I remarked to Jackson that on every album he always seemed to bring him (Jackson) front and center to the stage, introduce him to the audience and let him do a number. This fact caught Jackson’s attention and he said to me, “Glen always gave me billing on every show I’ve ever played with him. He always asked that I come center stage, introduce me, give the stage to me and feature my playing every time. I remember the first time we played Las Vegas, I walked out of the hotel and there on the huge billboard announcing who was playing there was Glen’s name; and he had my name on the billing with him also. I just could not believe that.” Jackson told this story to me with emotion.
Many folks have trouble “sharing the stage,” especially professional entertainers, Hollywood types, athletes, certainly politicians, etc…
Evidently not Campbell.
March 11, 2012