Country Music Hall of Fame member Glen Campbell died today in Nashville at the age of 81. Both "Galveston" and "Wichita Lineman", my favorite of the two, were written by the talented songwriter Jimmy Webb, who also wrote "MacArthur Park", another great song in my opinion. The world did indeed lose a little bit of love, but the joy Campbell created will be inspiring a loving feeling for generations to come.
On television and on stage, Glen Campbell was a superstar with boyish good looks, a flashy smile and wit, but it was his last performance on screen that exposed a more vulnerable side that touched many of his fans.
After a recording hiatus during which Campbell toured heavily, he followed this up in 1975 with another Grammy for the best record Rhinestone Cowboy which contained his signature hit song of the same name, and then another in 1980 for best record by a duo, which was Dream Lover with Tanya Tucker, his much-younger fiancé. "You got it". Glen Campbell'".
The 49-year-old, who got to meet and work with Campbell over the years, acknowledged his influence on him not only as a singer and guitarist, but performer not afraid to cross the lines of country's complexity of genres.
"In 1965, I'll tell you what I did: I was a Beach Boy". Although his final album, "Adios", was created in 2012-13, it wasn't released until April 2017.More news: The PGA Championship Is Moving To May
To fully get a grasp of what Campbell means to the music industry, I urge you all to watch Alice Cooper's interview with Fox 10 Phoenix. The guitar is signed "To my friend LD., Glen Campbell".
In 1960, Campbell moved to Los Angeles where he had a regular job at a music company, where he was a song-writer and chipped in to record demos. I watched him in awe executing his flawless rendition of "The William Tell Overture" on his classical guitar in his Vegas show.
After he was diagnosed in 2011, he went on a farewell tour, performing songs with the help of a teleprompter. CBS brought the show, now titled "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour", back in January 1969. "He left indelible marks as a musician, a singer, and an entertainer, and he bravely shared his incalculable talent with adoring audiences even as he fought a cruel and dread disease". "I will always love you Glen!" wrote Dolly Parton. So when Brian Wilson wasn't able to tour, he joined the Beach Boys as the group's bass player and backup singer.
Married four times, he had eight children and well-publicised struggles with drinking and drugs. Part of the reason was to see some old architecture with which I was starting to become enamored, but it was also a chance to hear some lovely old music by Mr. Campbell.
JACKSON: And here's this guy, you know, fighting Alzheimer's, 78, 79 years old and he's in there singing his heart out, sounding like he's 40 years old still, you know.