My girlfriend pointed out to me that I failed to mention anything about Glen Campbell at the CMA award show. So to correct this wrong I am doing a post solely on Glen Campbell as it should be.
Campbell has had an amazing impact on the country music community and the rock community as well. He started out as a session musician in LA, playing guitar for The Champs and The Beach Boys, and probably many other bands. I assume he was a Fender player because of his LA time and this makes me super happy. Campbell then turned to country and cut a few songs but he still had trouble breaking into the mainstream. Finally, He hit it big with ‘Gentle on My Mind’. From there he went into the spotlight and ended up with more than 70 albums and over 45 million albums sold. He even had a variety show called The Glen Campbell Variety Hour.
The song I remember the most is ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, which really spoke to a lot of people because it made it to number one in the pop and country billboard charts. His other top charting singles were ‘By the Time I Get Back to Phoenix’, ‘Wichita Lineman’, ‘Galveston’, and ‘Southern Nights’.
Sadly, Campbell is suffering from Alzheimer’s and is on a farewell tour now. He had a wonderful tribute at the CMA awards by Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Keith Urban. Campbell won the CMA entertainer of the year and male vocalist in 1968 and he was inducted into the country music hall of fame in 2005. You can look on his site just to see how many people love him.
Finally, earlier this year they released a collection of his songs from The Goodtime Hour, on Aug 30th called ‘Ghosts on the Canvas’.
… And now some videos
Glen Campbell Tribute – CMA Awards 2011
Folsom Prison Blues with Glen Campbell and Johnny Cash-Great Duo
Wichita Lineman – The best for last
Favourite Glen Campbell Song? Any others I should add?