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Jim Glaser

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Jim Glaser has spent much of his professional career working within the context of his family’s group, Tompall & the Glaser Brothers. As a member of that trio, which was celebrated for its singing, he also worked with Marty Robbins on several important projects as a session musician, playing guitar and mouth harp and singing backup on songs (most notably “El Paso” from the sessions that yielded the first two Gunfighter Ballads albums), and toured as well as recorded for years with Robbins and Johnny Cash; and he has written hits for performers as diverse as Warner Mack and Gary Puckett & the Union Gap.

Jim and his brothers Tompall and Chuck were born in Nebraska, the sons of guitarist Louis, who taught his children music in the course of raising them on a ranch. They former Tompall & the Glaser Brothers in the mid-’50s and made it onto radio in Nebraska while playing dances and other local events. They met Robbins at one of his concerts, and impressed with their harmony singing, he signed them to his own label, making their debut with a Chuck song, “Five Penny Nickel.” An appearance on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts helped break them nationally, and they signed with Decca Records in 1959, after moving to Nashville. They never had a hit for Decca, but their session work made their singing and playing very visible — it was Jim, along with guitarist-singer Bobby Sykes (a member of Robbins’ band), that suggested Marty record an entire album of western songs, which resulted in Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, an album that was an immense hit at the time and still sells well several decades later, and which helped start a whole revival of interest in cowboy songs.

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  • ChrisCountryPop

    Exactly, myaffinity! "You're Gettin' To Me Again", "When Will It Be My Turn", "Woman", but also "If I could only dance with you" are top!

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ChrisCountryPop

    Exactly, myaffinity! "When Will It Be My Turn", "Woman", but also "If I could only dance with you" are top!

    17 Feb 2009 Reply
  • myaffinity

    Jim Glaser has never really been recognized as the tremendous talent he is! I adore his voice!!!

    13 Jan 2009 Reply

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