Jim Nabors the singer and actor best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, died on 30/11/2017. Known for his ability to combine the charm of a sophisticated modern country gentleman with the ingenuousness of a traditional country cousin made him one of America’s most popular TV personalities of the 60’s and 70’s.
Bobbie first met Jim in 1967, and the pair appeared together on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour in March 1969, also attending the Paint your Wagon film premier together later that year in July. In December Bobbie appeared on The Jim Nabors Hour and appeared again the following year in May 1970. Jim Nabors was also a guest on The Bobbie GentryHappiness Hour in June 1974.
Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. A self-taught prodigy, he rose from a poor rural childhood to release over 70 albums and sell 45 million records. Campbell had a distinctive country pop sound on hits like Gentle On My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix and Wichita Lineman. In 1968 he recorded a duets album with Bobbie, and their easy camaraderie and obvious chemistry made the partnership a great success, resulting in a gold album, and several hit singles including Let It Be Me and All I Have To Do Is Dream. He carried on making music, releasing acclaimed new albums with younger musicians until his health gave out. In 2005 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
NPR: ‘Ode To Billie Joe’ The Hit That Prompted Dozens Of Jazz Versions
U.S. radio station NPR have broadcast an 8 minute audio story marking the 50 year anniversary of Bobbie’s Ode to Billie Joe single . The programme Fresh Air with Terry Gross takes an unusual angle and focuses on the many instrumental jazz covers of the song. Bobbie’s Southern Gothic saga might seem an unlikely choice, but jazz musicians really took to it. Fans can listen to the programme online here.
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