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Campbell is still a crowd pleaser

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GLEN CAMPBELL in concert, featuring his daughter, Debbie Campbell, and the Good Time Band; presented at SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre, Orem; one performance only.

OREM — Flash! The "Rhinestone Cowboy" has not lost his shine.

Glen Campbell, the man who reached stardom in music, television and motion pictures, entertained an audience of nearly 4,000 in Orem Tuesday, and he did it with energy, humor and that familiar mellow voice that made him famous four decades ago.

The concert of more than 28 songs started with a handful of his familiar tunes, including "Gentle On My Mind," "Galveston" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."

Campbell is a real crowd pleaser, and it was obvious by the bouncing knees and clapping hands one could see as they looked down the countless rows of music fans. From the "Dreams of the Every Day Housewife" to '"Wichita Lineman," Campbell filled the request bill with several of his top 10 hits.

The audience also enjoyed the medley of songs honoring country stars like Hank Williams, George Jones, Conway Twitty, and the King — Elvis Presley.

Campbell's backups, the Good Time Band, got the crowd bopping with its tribute to American Bandstand. It didn't seem to matter what the age was. From toddlers to great-grandpas, Campbell and daughter Debbie had the audience in the palms of their hands and in their hearts.

One of the more fun musical sets rendered was old Beach Boys songs Campbell sang during his brief time with the group. The audience rocked to such favorites as "Good Vibrations," "California Girls" and "Surfin' USA."

While Campbell can't turn back the clock (he is in his 6'0th year), his voice is still true to the music he sang in the 1960s and '70s. (Many Utahns will remember that Campbell was the first big star to perform in the then-new Salt Palace Arena in July 1969.) Like her father, Debbie Campbell has inherited a wonderful mellow country voice.

Campbell received two standing ovations and offered one encore. It was a great night and a wonderful stroll down memory lane.


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