Salute to Dick Glasser - from P.J. Proby
Wrote “Angels in the Sky” when he was 15 and working as a fireman in
his home town. The day it was on the radio, recorded by Tony Martin,
he went crazy at the station telling all the boys that he wrote the song, and
they didn’t believe him.
He sang with his brothers in the group - The Glasser Brothers - before
they split up to go their separate ways as solo artists, except for three of
the brothers who them formed “The Three G’s”.
“I Will” was written by “Dickie” (as we all called him), for his sister to
show her how much he loved her, they were very close. Vic Dana had a
small hit with it, Bobby Vee had the international hit. I also put it on my
album as I was the first to ever sing it as a demo for Dick, but was too
small time in ‘59 to be considered for a record release by Liberty. I was
not even signed as a singer to the label then. They signed me in ‘61.
Dickie recorded my song “Handsome Guy”, at the same time he
produced my other number I penned at the same time “Clown Shoes”
with Johnny Burnett. He also sang a lot on my demo’s like I did his.
Dick registered me on Liberty Records under the name Sharon Sheeley
gave me right there in his office in the summer of ‘61, as my name up
until then was very popular in Hollywood as Jett Powers, but with the
wrong people, i.e. the cops and for the wrong reasons, i.e. jailed each
weekend for disorderly conduct, i.e. night club puch-ups. So Sharon gave
me the name P.J.Proby and Dickie signed me up - the rest is history,
except for me that is!!
Dickie produced all my Metric Demos, the sessions were always a small
group of us. Unknown players that Dick put together to form the Metric
team, they were:-
Myself- vocals/Dick - vocals
Glenn Campbell - guitar and vocals
David Gates - Bass and vocals and airangements
Jimmy Burton - guitar
Tommy Ailsup - guitar
Leon Russell - keyboards
Glyn D. Harden - keyboards
Randy Newman - keyboards
Jimmy Smith - keyboards
Hal Blane - drums
Jerry Allison - drums
Sandy Nelson - drums
Herbie Alpert - trumpet
Earl Palmer - sax and arrangements
Darlene Love - girl backing vocals
Sharon Sheeley/Jackie de Shannon - girl backing vocals
How’s that for a line up - all went on to become successful in their own
Dickie always knew where to find Glenn Campbell when he needed him
- on the golf course. His favourite sport also.