Posted on March 30, 2013 at 3:29 PM
GALVESTON, Texas -- More than four decades after Glen Campbell topped the music charts with “Galveston,” the Texas Gulf Coast island has purchased the rights to make it the official song of its tourism marketing campaign.
Galveston tourism officials say the idea now is for people to not only “dream of Galveston,” as prolific songwriter Jimmy Webb wrote for Campbell’s 1969 monster hit, but also to visit.
“The ‘Galveston’ song is so iconic worldwide, and to many people, it is already considered an anthem for the island,” Galveston Visitors and Convention Bureau Marketing Director Melody Smith said.
The Galveston County Daily News reported Saturday the bureau paid $25,000 to purchase the rights to use the song for the next two years.
It’s being used with the island’s campaign to show off its sights and beaches and to illustrate more than $125 million in improvements made since Hurricane Ike caused serious damage in 2008. The convention bureau says tourism has increased steadily over the past three years.
“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,” Smith said.
Webb’s words are the same, but Campbell’s voice isn’t used on the version reworked for the tourist office. The 76-year-old singer has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and appeared in Galveston last summer as part of his farewell tour.
The song, released during the height of the Vietnam War, was written from the perspective of a soldier missing his love back home and was considered a landmark anti-war song. It also was among a string of Webb-written hits for Campbell that included “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman.”