FLASHBACK: OUT OF TIME
In the late 1960s, Glen Campbell ruled the crossover pop-country scene with such hits as "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman." Glen's clean-cut, across-the-board appeal made him a natural fit for TV, and in January of 1969, CBS offered him his own variety series.
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour combined music with comedy sketches, written by talented newcomers who would go on to be comic superstars themselves - Steve Martin, Rob Reiner and McLean Stevenson. Glen would perform his popular songs along with other hits of the day and welcome guests such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and pop star Andy Williams. The Goodtime Hour also featured a jam session at the end of each program, showcasing Glen's extraordinary guitar playing.
"The show was innovative because it wasn't a predictable Hollywood variety show," Glen wrote in his autobiography, Rhinestone Cowboy. "I had people like Waylon and Willie on before they achieved national fame."
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour became a ratings hit and ran for three years on the network. But the final season turned into a creative disaster, as the writers left and a different production company took charge. "The new producers just wrote a show and stuck Glen Campbell in it," Glen later commented.
Even though the ratings remained steady, the show was dropped from the CBS schedule in its third season. The final telecast of The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour aired June 13, 1972.