Loss of Glen Campbell

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Loss of Glen Campbell

#1 Post by Bill in Oregon » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:15 am

When the incredibly talented son of a sharecropper of Scottish blood met up with songwriter Jimmy Webb, magic happened. Rest in peace, Glen.


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Re: Loss of Glen Campbell

#2 Post by gamekeeper » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:45 am

I loved his music and had the honor of shaking his hand at Night Club in Birmingham UK. May he RIP and his music live on
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Re: Loss of Glen Campbell

#3 Post by rock-steady » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:54 am

I will always remember him as Texas Ranger Sgt. LaBeouf in the 1969 movie True Grit.

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#4 Post by Bill in Oregon » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:39 am

What Jimmy Webb had to say about Glen Campbell last night:

Well, that moment has come that we have known was an inevitable certainty and yet stings like a sudden catastrophe. Let the world note that a great American influence on pop music, the American Beatle, the secret link between so many artists and records that we can only marvel, has passed and cannot be replaced. He was bountiful. His was a world of gifts freely exchanged: Roger Miller stories, songs from the best writers, an old Merle Haggard record or a pocket knife.

He gave me a great wide lens through which to look at music. The cult of The Players? He was at the very center. He loved the Beach Boys and in subtle ways helped mold their sound. He loved Don and Phil (Everly), Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, Flatt and Scruggs. This was the one great lesson that I learned from him as a kid: Musically speaking nothing is out of bounds. Of course, he lavished affection and gifts on his kids, family and friends. His love was a deep mercurial thing and once committed he was a tenacious friend as so many in Nashville and Phoenix, L.A. and New York, compadres all over the world would testify. One of his favorite songs was “Try A Little Kindness” in which he sings “shine your light on everyone you see.” My God. Did he do that or what? Just thinking back I believe suddenly that the “raison d’etre” for every Glen Campbell show was to bring every suffering soul within the sound of his voice up a peg or two. Leave ’em laughin’. Leave them feeling just a little tad better about themselves, even though he might have to make them cry a couple of times to get ’em there. What a majestically graceful and kind, top rate performer was Glen on his worst night!

When it came to friendship Glen was the real deal. He spoke my name from ten thousand stages. He was my big brother, my protector, my co-culprit, my John crying in the wilderness. Nobody liked a Jimmy Webb song as much as Glen! And yet he was generous with other writers: Larry Weiss, Allen Toussaint, John Hartford. You have to look hard for a bad song on a Glen Campbell album. He was giving people their money’s worth before it became fashionable.

I am full of grief. I am writing because I think you deserve some sort of message from me but I am too upset to write very well or at any great length. It’s like waking up in the morning in some Kafkaesque novella and finding that half of you is missing. Laura and I would call upon you to rest your sympathy with Kim Campbell and her children Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his older children Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren. 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.

This I can promise. While I can play a piano he will never be forgotten. And after that someone else will revel in his vast library of recordings and pass them on to how many future generations? Possibly to all of them.


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#5 Post by Rube Burrows » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:47 am

A true talent with a great voice. I liked a lot of his songs but also disliked a lot of his songs that leaned towards the disco/pop styles but a true talent nonetheless. I was just watching Larry's Country Diner and his daughter and son was on there singing and it was neat to see them play/sing and talk about their father. She said he was doing as good as could be expected and would still sing around the house with as pretty a voice as he has ever had.

RIP Mr. Campbell.

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#6 Post by .45colt » Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:29 pm

Great Entertainer. What talent. :(

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#7 Post by BlaineG » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:46 am

As fine a guitar player that ever lived. He could really shred them licks....
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Re: Loss of Glen Campbell

#8 Post by wecsoger » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:34 pm

One of the old guard and will be missed.

Very few folks knew how immensely talented he was.

You know he was a member of the 'wrecking crew'? He was asked to join the Beach Boys?

There's this guy, Vincent Furnier (you really know him as Alice Cooper), he did a very personal and very serious interview about losing Glenn.


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#9 Post by Bill in Oregon » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:10 am

Wec, thanks for posting that interview link. I had seen it before, but not caring for "Alice Cooper" I had ignored it, to my loss. What a fine and caring guy he is. He and Glen Campbell were fortunate to have each other as friends.

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#10 Post by piller » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:08 am

He played guitar on the album release for Strangers In The Night and for Viva Las Vegas. He was a Beach Boy for the Pet Sounds album and tour. What an amazing talent. Like all of us, he had his trials. Maybe those trials are why he could reach out to everyone so well. RIP Mr. Campbell. You will be missed.
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#11 Post by M. M. Wright » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:11 pm

I always liked the way he introduced himself as the "second best guitar player in Arkansas." Reserving best for his father.
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#12 Post by Old Savage » Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:50 am

Saw him up close at a local fair in an afternoon performance. He had a rack of guitars he changed to for different songs. Very relaxed performance.
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#13 Post by J Miller » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:56 pm

Wifie brought the album home the other day. Broke out the old record player. Ahhhh, vinyl music :D
The old players needs a new stylus though. Anybody know where those can be had now?

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#14 Post by JB » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:11 pm

Great singer and guitar player. I believe he played guitar on all his albums, no studio musicians needed like most recording artists do.

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#15 Post by kaschi » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:30 pm

I remember back in the early/mid 70s when he came to the Indiana County Fair in Indiana,PA. I grew up in that county and there is a small town called "Glen Campbell" (not named after the singer) about halfway between the towns of Indiana and Clearfield. When someone pointed out to Glen that such a place existed, he went to visit it. The rest I can't remember but that much I remember well.

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Re: Loss of Glen Campbell

#16 Post by Panzercat » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:39 pm

You all may find some irony in this, but my five year old loves Glen Campbell, specifically Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman... Among other hits from the Beastie Boys, Ciara and a few other eclectic artists :)
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