When you combine two amazing country voices for a roof-lifting praise song, the result is simply soul stirring. Tennessee native and country music superstar Dolly Parton invited Arkansas-born country singer Glen Campbell onto her television show, The Dolly Show.
A singer-songwriter-instrumentalist-actress, Dolly really could light up a stage. Fans of Glen Campbell, also known as the rhinestone cowboy for his song of the same name, was thrilled to join her.
Everyone loved the peppy Dolly Parton who was so wildly popular that she eventually had her own recording company. The awards she has accumulated over the years is staggering.
Glen Campbell followed a similar path as Dolly, also being one of 12 kids who ended up with his own TV show as a singer, songwriter, actor and instrumentalist with his own shelf of awards.
But what viewers watching the Dolly Show didn’t realize is that not only were they about to be treated to a glorious rendition of “Amazing Grace,” they were about to witness something special. Dolly alluded to it during her spiel.
“You do something that I think is unique.”
Dolly and Glen joke for a bit before getting down to business. She invites four other singers to join them on stage for this performance and references the special instrument he brought along.
“I thought it would be good if you was to do it for me.”
She’s sparkly in her blue sequined dress. Glen looks dapper in his casual suit.
As they begin singing, their harmony proves riveting. It’s a sound unlike another!
They sing along, but then Glen pulls off his hip the surprise for everyone. He brought along his bag pipes!
These two amazingly talented artists can play a variety of instruments, from the guitar to the banjo to the harmonica. But not many knew that Glen could actually play the bag pipes.
Glen had performed as an instrumentalist for the Beach Boys, Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, the Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, Merle Haggard, Jan and Dean, Frank Sinatra, Ronnie Dove, Phil Spector and even Elvis Presley. He even toured with the Beach Boys, hitting those high falsettos and strumming his guitar.
Glen’s bag pipes lend a haunting and mournful touch to this beautiful song. But it was a wee bit squeaky in a few parts, so much that Dolly just had to comment when they were done performing.
“That thing won’t behave!”
The lyrics comprising “Amazing Grace” are such that it’s a favorite for many different reasons. The song resonates with so many people.
Listen to how exceptional this group of six sounds and how surprisingly talented the late Glen Campbell is in the video below.