Dear Ken: What was Glen Campbell’s first hit song? How old is he and how many children does he have?
His first hit single was “Gentle on My Mind,” which was followed by “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” both in 1967. Both tunes won him Grammy Awards on the same night, “Gentle” for best country song and “Phoenix” for best pop song.
Campbell turns 73 on April 22. The seventh son of a seventh son, he has eight children and continues to tour.
Dear Ken: Please tell us something about Catherine Bell, who used to play Mac on “JAG” and who was recently Cassandra Nightingale on Hallmark Channel’s “The Good Witch.”
Bell, 40, was born in London and settled in California with her Iranian mother at the age of 2. She and husband Adam Beason have a 5-year-old daughter.
She co-stars as Denise Sherwood on the Lifetime TV series “Army Wives.” Past credits include a small role in the film “Evan Almighty” and a co-starring role in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries “The Triangle.”
Dear Ken: I loved Aussie actor Rod Taylor in “The Time Machine” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” I recently saw an old Taylor in movie that looked like a “Birds” rip-off. What was that?
That was “Kaw,” a made-for-TV movie about a bunch of crows or ravens attacking a small town. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t a total waste, and you’ve got to give the producers credit for pulling Taylor out of the hat to make an appearance. It was the 79-year-old actor’s first gig in about seven years.
Dear Ken: Can you give me an update on Maureen McCormick who played Marcia Brady on “The Brady Bunch?”
McCormick, 52, recently released her autobiography, “Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice.
She appeared last year on the CMT series “Outsider’s Inn,” filmed in East Tennessee and in 2007 she showed up in Brad Paisley’s music video “Online.”
Before “The Brady Bunch” McCormick appeared in the TV series “My Three Sons,” “Bewitched,” “Camp Runamuck” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”
She has a 19-year-old daughter.
If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via www.sherlocksbooks.com where you can also find classic films and TV shows on DVD or visit Sherlock’s Book Emporium in Lebanon, Tennessee.Ask Ken Beck
Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson County, has recently become a contributing writer for Main Street Media and its local newspaper, "The Wilson Post."
Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with "The Tennessean" where he edited the Nashville paper’s “Sunday Showcase” entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.