GALVESTON — It’s hard to be a country music fan and not have heard of Glen Campbell. Even more rare is to live in Galveston and not know the song he recorded in 1969.
If the city had an official song, Campbell’s “Galveston” would be it.
It only makes sense for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau to use it for its new tourism marketing campaign.
The bureau has purchased the rights to the song for $25,000 and used Vision Production Group of Houston for the remake, spokeswoman Leah Cast said.
The bureau plans to use it in all advertising media, including television, radio, Internet and social media promotions. The video has been posted on the front page of its website at www.galveston.com.
“The ‘Galveston’ song is so iconic worldwide, and to many people it is already considered an anthem for the island,” bureau Marketing Director Melody Smith said. “With Galveston re-emerging as a top travel and cruise destination, we thought it only fitting to draw on our roots and embrace this song within our marketing efforts.”
The songwriter for “Galveston,” Jimmy Web, was on a beach here when he wrote it. He envisioned a story about a soldier going off to war and the woman he left behind.
The Vietnam War was going on when Campbell released the song, and it was considered an anti-war song at the time. The song made the Country Music Television Top Ten list of all-time greatest country music songs.
Campbell’s most recent performance in Galveston was July 8 at The Grand 1894 Opera House.
It was part of his farewell tour. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in June 2011.
As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas, so when the city had to rebuild after Hurricane Ike in 2008, Galveston decided to not only rebuild but to remake itself even better than before.
Much of that development has been directed toward rebuilding downtown as well as the repair and upgrade of existing attractions such as the revamped Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens and the opening of the Historic Galveston Island Pleasure Pier in May.
More than $125 million was invested in these improvements and has resulted in a steady increase in tourism during the past three years, according to the visitor’s bureau.