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Date: 08-10-2017


Glen Campbell, left, and his wife, Kimberly, with Hazard businessman L.D. Gorman in 2012 at the Lexington Opera House. Campbell played there that year. Courtesy of L.D. GormanGlen Campbell, left, and his wife, Kimberly, with Hazard businessman L.D. Gorman in 2012 at the Lexington Opera House. Campbell played there that year. Courtesy of L.D. Gorman

Singer Glen Campbell, who died Tuesday, was an occasional visitor to Eastern Kentucky, thanks to his friendship with coal operator and businessman L.D. Gorman.

Gorman booked Campbell in July 1973 to perform two free concerts in Hazard to mark the 50th anniversary of People’s Bank & Trust. Gorman was the bank’s president at the time.

“We thought it would be great to have something big for that occasion,” Gorman said Wednesday.

“He and I became great friends. He visited me many times here in Hazard, and I played in his golf tournament” in Los Angeles.

Lexington resident Frank Barker remembered taking Campbell on a tour of Hazard and Perry County in 1968. Campbell came to Hazard for the dedication of Daniel Field, the football field named for Gorman’s uncle, Dewey Daniel.

A year earlier, Campbell had released two of his big hits: “Gentle on My Mind” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” Barker worked for First Security Bank in Lexington, and he met Gorman through his work.

“L.D. asked me to take him on a tour of the area, and I did,” Barker said. Campbell “would get out talk to people, shake hands with them, rub the kids’ heads. I showed him a couple of coal operations that L.D. had.”

Barker said Campbell “made his mind up that whatever he made from L.D. that he was going to donate it back to those poverty-stricken kids. It just touched his heart.”

“Glen was a very kind person,” Gorman said.

An October 1974 story in the Herald-Leader said Gorman brought Campbell to a University of Kentucky football practice. Campbell spoke with Coach Fran Curci and shook hands with the players.

When Campbell met defensive tackle Pat Donley, Campbell asked how much he weighed.

“About 265,” Donley said.

“You could go bear hunting with a switch,” Campbell quipped.

Gorman said the Hazard FM radio station, WSGS 101.1, played Campbell’s songs Wednesday morning in tribute to his friend.

Gorman has an Ovation guitar that Campbell gave him as a birthday present. The guitar is signed “To my friend LD., Glen Campbell.”

By Greg Kocher
Lexington Herald-Leader


Prestonsburg, Ky. – The Emmy winning television stars and high-energy children’s rock band Imagination Movers will be passing through Prestonsburg on Sunday, August 27 to play the Willard & Lucy Kinzer Theater in the Mountain Arts Center (MAC).


The former Disney Jr. Stars are one of the most popular touring acts over the last decade. They are the top rated and best reviewed family show according to Ticketmaster. The Movers have appeared on “The View,” “Live with Regis & Kelly,” and “Good Morning America.” They have had the privilege of performing at the White House for two different presidents.

MAC Executive Director Clayton Case says he is excited for the different show.

“One subject type of programming that we placed near the top of the list to add this year was a family or children’s show. When we saw Imagination Movers, we loved the high energy and the way they incorporate rock and pop music into education.”   

Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott “Smitty” Smith make up Imagination Movers. In 2003, the four friends residing in New Orleans started gathering after their kids’ bedtimes to brainstorm and write songs about a kids television show. Two years later, they were the sensation of their musical city, attracting parents and children alike with an eclectic pop sensibility and lyrical turns about healthy snacks, playing catch, and conquering childhood fears of bedtime.

In 2007, The Movers partnered with Disney and filmed seventy five episodes of their Emmy Award winning series over three seasons. The show has aired in more than 55 countries and they’ve sold half a million CDs and DVDs to date. Critical acclaim for the Movers includes nods from Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times, which reported the Movers are “prized by many parents for non-condescending lyrics and music that evokes the Beastie Boys or Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

Imagination Movers, sponsored by Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, will be Sunday, August 27 at 3pm at the MAC in Prestonsburg, KY. Tickets are $16 reserved or $41 for a VIP package that includes a meet and greet. To purchase visit or call 1-888-MAC-ARTS.


The Mountain Arts Center is the premier performing arts venue in eastern Kentucky.  Located in the heart of the bloodline of the Country Music Highway, the facility features a 1,050-seat auditorium, conference/meeting facilities, instruction rooms and a state-of-the-art recording studio. Operations are through a partnership between Prestonsburg, Ky. and Big Sandy Community & Technical College. For more information, call 1-888-MAC-ARTS or visit


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