Song of the Day: Glen Campbell, “Gentle On My Mind”

Singer, guitarist, session guitarist, and actor Glen Campbell was born in this day in 1936. Here’s one of my favorite videos of him, a 1999 appearance on CMT with some of the biggest names in country music, playing and singing his 1968 hit, "Gentle On My Mind." The story goes that Glen heard John Hartford’s version on the radio and bought the single, calling it "an essay on life."

18 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Glen Campbell, “Gentle On My Mind”

  1. He was a complex man with a lot of demons but he could sing and I enjoyed his music even though it is country. It’s sad that he got dementia (I am not sure if it was true blue Alzheimer’s, Vascular dementia, like my mom had, or Alcohol dementia) but he could still sing.

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    1. From what I’ve read, it was Alzheimer’s in his case. He and Alice Cooper, believe it or not, were very close friends: they both went thru AA, lived in the same town, both were Christians, and both loved to golf. Alice said that other members of the rock community would ask him to introduce them to Glen, because they were awestruck by him. Glen was a superior guitar player and a topnotch session musician.

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            1. I heard that, a couple of days before he died, someone handed him a guitar, and he started playing some incredible stuff. His mind might have been gone, but he still could play.

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    1. Glen had a ton of hit records; I’m not sure which is my favorite, but this performance definitely is one of the best I’ve seen. He plays that solo so effortlessly, and you can tell everyone sitting there with him was really impressed.

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