Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Glen Campbell - "Everything a Man Could Ever Need" (1970)

Glen Campbell - "Everything a Man Could  Ever Need" (Billboard #54, entered 7/4/70; country #5). Written by Mac Davis. Produced by Neely Plumb. 45: "Everything a Man Could Ever Need"/"Norwood (Me and My Guitar)" (Capitol 1970). LP: Norwood (Capitol 1970).

Written by future country-pop crossover star Mac Davis, Glen Campbell's "Everything a Man Could Ever Need," from the Norwood soundtrack, runs on "Gentle on My Mind" fumes, using that song's opening root to root-major7 sequence, which borrowed from Bob Lind's "Elusive Butterfly" (1966). Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey" also used it in 1968, as did Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin' " in 1969, giving Norwood another minor connection to Midnight Cowboy (see previous post). That chord sequence became a familiar late sixties/early seventies sound on the radio, usually accompanying itinerant male self-analysis. "Everything a Man Could Ever Need" included Campbell's fellow Wrecking Crew alumnus Al DeLory as a co-arranger, who helped make the already too-crafty song sound even less likely to have stood a chance on the real Louisana Hayride.

Glen Campbell - "Everything a Man Could Ever Need"

See also: Chart Song Cinema: Norwood (1970)

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