Glen Campbell dead at 81

  • Glen Campbell dead at 81

Glen Campbell dead at 81

The guitar is signed "To my friend LD., Glen Campbell". Yes, he was a legend. When asked about the song's pacifist message, Campbell reportedly said, "people who are advocating burning draft cards should be hung". The song "Rhinestone Cowboy" shot to #1 on the billboard charts in 1975.

Shortly after the news was made public, singer Ashley Campbell posted a photo of her hand wrapped around her late dad's, and captioned it, "Heartbroken". I knew him and loved him so much.

"Glen Campbell has forever left a mark on Country Music's history".

Be it that the soothing, rhapsodical and nostalgic Southern Nights with its "Have you ever noticed southern skies?/Its precious beauty lies just beyond the eye/It goes running through your soul/Like the stories told of old/Old man/He and his dog that walked the old land/Ev'ry flower touched his cold hand/As he slowly walked by/Weeping willows/Would cry for joy.". "One of his favorite songs was "Try A Little Kindness" in which he sings 'shine your light on everyone you see, ' " he wrote. Reporter: With that cleft chin and that clear country tenor -??? like a rhinestone cowboy??? "The Rhinestone Cowboy rides away leaving us with recordings of his incredible voice and memories of a wonderful career". "And a star-spangled rodeo". He made his name in the music business as one of the top session guitarists, and was responsible for fine tuning Phil Spector's famous "Wall of Sound" technique.

Campbell also earned some film fame with a supporting role in True Grit alongside John Wayne. "Perhaps you could throw in a prayer for the Webb kids, Chris, Justin, Jamie, Corey, Charles and Camila who looked upon him as a kind of wondrous uncle who was a celebrated star and funnier than old dad".

Campbell: "What'd they diagnose me as?" "I can't say I would have blamed her but I think it would have torn my heart out". "Whether I play it right or wrong, I'd rather have played it".

Gantry said "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife" was the only of his songs Campbell recorded, but the two remained good friends. Toured 151 more shows saying good-bye. But his music endures and so does his memory. I am a lineman for the county and I drive the main roads??? a great song. I'm here for you. Reporter: His heartbreaking final hit a tribute to his wife performed at the oscars by Tim Mcgraw.???

"He stated, 'dislike I am will miss anyone at any rate, '" Raymond said.

Ten years ago, I interviewed Glen Campbell before a concert at Silver Springs. His first guitar cost $7 from a Sears catalogue. He won six Grammy Awards and had nine No. 1 songs in a career of more than 50 years.

"Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time".

CAMPBELL: (Singing) I won't let you leave. Doing that took me back again to that melancholy time period of the Vietnam War era, when some really great music came out that reflected the somberness of the country.

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