Tribute To Glen Campbell
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Those of us who grew up in the U.S. during 60’s-80’s would undoubtedly remember a gentler time, in speech, manner, as well as in its music. On August 8, 2017, Glen Campbell, best remembered for his guitar and melodic country music reflecting this time (“Gentle on My Mind” “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Southern Nights,” etc.), passed away at age 81, of Alzheimer. His life is documented in the 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. The film featured the last song Campbell recorded, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” which was written about Campbell’s struggle with Alzheimer’s.
After Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer in 2011, he started to prepare for his final good-bye for his music fans. Adios is the 64th and final studio album by this iconic singer-songwriter, Glen Campbell, recorded between 2012-2013, in Nashville. Two months after the release of Adios on June 9, 2017, Campbell died on August 8, 2017.
Campbell made history in 1967 by winning four Grammys in the country and pop categories. For “Gentle on My Mind”, he received two awards in country and western, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” did the same in pop. Three of his early hits later won Grammy Hall of Fame Awards (2000, 2004, 2008), while Campbell himself won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He owns trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and took the CMA’s top award as 1968 Entertainer of the Year. Campbell appeared as a supporting role in the film True Grit (1969), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Campbell also sang the title song, which was nominated for an Academy Award.
There are few musicians whose voice have aged as well as Glen Campbell’s, I wonder if it is due to his gentle music.There is no better way to remember his life than to remember his music. Allow me to share his music and voice with you, below:
- Gentle On My Mind
- Rhinestone Cowboy
- By the Time I Get to Phoenix
- Wichita Lineman
- Southern Nights
- A “Glen Campbell” Retrospective (1967 through 1987)
Bluegrass musician Carl Jackson produced the Adios album. The title track was recorded after Campbell’s 2011-2012 Goodbye Tour and Jackson explained to Rolling Stone how he worked with the stricken star.
“I stood right beside him on every line, printed out the lyrics in big print,” Jackson said. “Sometimes we had to do a line at a time because with Alzheimer’s, his memory of the lyrics, as we saw in the tour he had to use teleprompters, that went away pretty quick. But his melodies did not go away for a long time after his ability to remember actual songs. He would even remember what keys he did them in. I can’t explain it.”
A life well lived. May we always remember his music, reflection of a gentler time.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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