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Old 11th Aug 2017, 23:09   #1 (permalink)
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Glen Campbell

I just realised to my surprise that nobody has started a thread marking the death of Glen Campbell. He was a remarkably versatile guitarist, and was a session player on literally hundreds of recordings before his solo career took off, including some made by Sinatra, Presley and The Beach Boys, who he later joined for a period. He was blessed with a really sweet voice, and many of his recordings have stood the test of time and have become standards. Certainly he was no angel and he entered the sex and drugs scene with enthusiasm, but he managed to throw this off in later life, which of course was marred by the slow decline of Alzheimers.

Mrs TTN was always a great fan, although inexplicably she has never really appreciated my bathroom renditions of Wichita Lineman or Rhinestone Cowboy!

RIP Glen
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We played Wichita Lineman in the Dog tonight. Magic piece of music.
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We played Wichita Lineman in the Dog tonight. Magic piece of music.
Don't forget a few kudos for Jimmy Webb.
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Campbell had a weekly audience of some 50 million people for the "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," on CBS from 1969 to 1972.
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I remember his songs very well... unfortunately he suffered before he died but now he's in a better place and can sing to his heart's content. All the best Glen, we'll miss you.
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Galveston TX should name something after him.

Millions have visited since this song debuted.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBLboy3aXA0
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He was a brilliant session musician/singer/song writer and guitar player.
R.I.P. Glen.

I'll leave you all with this, see how many faces you recognise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETkzK9pXMio
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.... and also starred alongside John Wayne in 'True Grit'

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Galveston TX should name something after him.
You're right, and I wouldn't be surprised if something like that doesn't happen.
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When I was attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville as a sophomore in 1969 (gulp! Tempus Fugit!), I worked as a go-fer at WLAC-TV's studios where the hit show Hee Haw was being produced. I was fortunate enough to meet a number of Country Music's glitterati, among them Glen Campbell. He was as musically gifted as he was gentle, kind, and quick to smile. What one saw on stage or heard on the radio was exactly who he was - an immense talent with a heart to match...

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He was a brilliant session musician/singer/song writer and guitar player.
R.I.P. Glen.

I'll leave you all with this, see how many faces you recognise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETkzK9pXMio
I certainly hope someone here will recognize and name many of them. I think the opening remarks are Chet Atkins (not 100% sure) but I am sure of Roy Clark and Willie Nelson. I know I SHOULD recognize at least two of the women.

Had the same feeling watching the long version of "A Friend" with Jerry Reed and numerous other familiar faces.
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From the thread title, I was expecting some discussion of a single malt Scotch!
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Old 12th Aug 2017, 23:18   #13 (permalink)
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Well if it was it would be really smooth - unlike some of the muddy beverages which masquerade as single malts. I remember Billy Connolly once sneering that where he came from Glen Campbell was a place - I don't think he was that fond of Glen's music.

I was watching the 2012 programme on his life wingnut and Jimmy Webb was a major contributor. There was a poignant moment when Jimmy was recounting an incident just a year or two earlier when Glen had looked at him and asked "Did you write Wichita Lineman?"
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,,,,,,,, Glen had looked at him and asked "Did you write Wichita Lineman?"
And "Galveston" and "MacArthur Park" and a whole shipload of other great music.

Behind all the up-front stardom, there is a sub-culture of truly talented session musos and writers of whom most people are completely unaware.
Glen Campbell was able to stand on both sides of that fence.
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