I was catching up on news after a long day at work and noticed that Country music legend Glen Campbell has passed away. He was 81 and had been battling with Alzheimer’s these last several years. He had just released his farewell album ‘Adios’ back in June and it turns out it really was his farewell album.
According to Wikipedia…and it is a pretty impressive list…
Campbell released more than 70 albums. He sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album. He placed a total of 80 different songs on either the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot 100, or Adult Contemporary Chart, of which 29 made the top 10 and of which nine reached number one on at least one of those charts. Campbell’s hits include his recordings of John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind”; Jimmy Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, and “Galveston”; Larry Weiss’s “Rhinestone Cowboy”; and Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights”.
Glen Campbell holds a very special place in my heart. When I was a kid, I absolutely loved the song “Rhinestone Cowboy”. I loved it so much my parents made me sing it once in front of company. This might explain my fear of speaking and being in front of crowds. To lose Mr. Campbell is losing a part of my childhood. I knew this day was coming for awhile now as his condition had been getting progressively worse, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
It makes me sad to think he has died, but glad he no longer suffers from such a horrible disease. His music will live on forever and so will my memories. Thank you Mr. Campbell for giving me that memory. You will be missed!
In honor of Glen Campbell, here is a video of “Rhinestone Cowboy”. Sorry I don’t have one of me as a kid performing the song as it would have been awesome!!
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