Glen Campbell was a household name long before his Goodtime Hour show came to CBS in January 1969. Originally a country western singer, the show widened his appeal even more, and Glen became one of America’s greatest entertainers with successful recordings, tours, and movies. But many fans will always remember him fondly for his groundbreaking television variety series that brought country music into living rooms across the nation every week.
The hour-long show often included Glen’s musical performances and regular guest stars like Bobbie Gentry and Merle Haggard. Of course, it also featured special guest appearances from some of the most legendary names in music, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and more.
Many Americans watched the show religiously; it was an exciting time for viewers who felt connected to their favorite artist. The atmosphere on set was upbeat and positive, which translated through to everyone at home watching TV. It became a reliable respite for many during otherwise turbulent times and provided an outlet to share a laugh or two with friends and family.
The musical performances were always top-notch, but there were plenty of laughs too—thanks largely to comedy sketches performed by Glen himself or funny skits featuring other cast members or guests stars–often poking fun at Americana culture while still making a pointed statement about our society back then–and today!
In addition to being highly entertaining, the show touched on critical political issues such as race relations and civil rights in ways few shows were doing at the time. From showing integrated acts on stage together when few others were bold enough to do so…to segments where thoughtful conversations were had and uncomfortable topics explored–the Goodtimes Hour didn’t shy away from being ahead of its time when it came to exploring social issues and showing how they could be discussed openly in mainstream programming.
Glen Campbell has been gone since 2017, but the legacy he left behind through The Goodtime Hour is still felt today amongst fans all over the world who recall what a critical moment in television history this series truly was–for its lighthearted moments but also its socially conscious content that resonated then (and now).
Glen Campbell was a pioneer in both music and television, and his legacy lives on through The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. This groundbreaking television variety show brought together beloved musical performances, comedy sketches, and thoughtful conversations with legendary guests.
Relive the magic of The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour with a collection of the show’s most outstanding musical and comedic moments! Enjoy performances from globally-renowned names like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Willie Nelson, as well as insightful conversations with some of the greatest celebrities from the 60s and 70s. Revisit this beloved variety show and get ready for a timeless journey through music and laughter!