You have by now heard that Country music star and guitar legend Glen Campbell died Tuesday after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease that started in 2011. I chose a few of his songs that I especially like, some of which I’ve featured here before, all of which show his virtuosity as a performer and guitarist.
- Mull of Kintyre The first song doesn’t feature his guitar playing, but his ability on another instrument, the Great Highland Bagpipe. Written by Paul McCartney and Denny Laine, it was Wings’ biggest hit in Britain during the Christmas season of 1977.
- Rhinestone Cowboy Recorded and released in 1975, this caught on with both Country (#1) and Pop (#1 Hot 100, #1 Hot Contemporary Singles) and is one of his best-known songs.
- Wichita Lineman By Jimmy Webb, Glen’s recording topped the Country and Adult Contemporary charts and peaked at #4 on the Hot 100. Personally, I like this version better than the original single, without the strings in the background.
- Gentle On My Mind Written by John Hartford, this won four Grammys in 1968, two by Hartford, the other two by Glen Campbell. This performance on The Nashville Network is significant because of all the performers on the stage with him, including Roy Clark, Chet Atkins, George Lindsey, Crystal Gayle, Ray Stevens, Merle Haggard, and a whole bunch more I don’t recognize or wasn’t fast enough to catch. His guitar solo in this one is superb.
- I Remember You I’ve wanted to put this one in a playlist in the worst way, because Glen’s performance is just lovely, but felt it was too cruel an irony.
- Galveston My buddy Mark says this is one of his favorites, because it was one of the first songs he learned on the piano. It’s a great song, written by Jimmy Webb. Glen recorded it with members of The Wrecking Crew and released it in 1969.
- Try A Little Kindness Another one from 1969, written by Curt Sapaugh and Bobby Austin. It reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart, #2 on the Country chart, and #23 on the Hot 100 in 1969.
- Southern Nights Title track from his 1977 album, it reached #1 on the Hot 100, Adult Contemporart, and Country charts.
- I’m Not Gonna Miss You Recorded around the time he learned he had Alzheimer’s, it was the last song Glen recorded. It received the 2015 Grammy for Best Country Song.
- Adios Posted just a few days ago. Glen sings, but the stars of the video are his children. It’s a moving tribute to his legacy.
My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and eight children.
That’s The Friday 5×2 for August 11, 2017.