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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Glen Campbell, the indelible voice behind 21 Top 40 hits including "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," died Tuesday. He was 81. A rep for Universal Music Group, Campbell's record label, confirmed the singer's death to Rolling Stone. During a career that spanned six decades, Campbell sold over 45 million records. In 1968, one of his biggest years, he outsold the Beatles.

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Great musician. I have listened to him starting with his days in The Champs.

R.I.P.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-08-08 04:43 PM | Reply

One of the greats. RIP.

#2 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2017-08-08 04:47 PM | Reply

At least he made it to Phoenix...

RIP Glenn

#3 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2017-08-08 04:51 PM | Reply

We knew it was coming soon. Too bad. He was blessed with a rich and powerful voice, a deft hand on the guitar, and a keen ear for quality songwriters.

#4 | Posted by cbob at 2017-08-08 04:51 PM | Reply

His first hit was a cover of Buffy Sainte-Marie's antiwar song "Universal Soldier."

www.youtube.com

He was no hippy though, never joined the anti-war movement. Had some great songs though and was thought of as a great talent by his peers.

"In his youth, Campbell started playing guitar and became obsessed with jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt."

Django Reinhardt

www.youtube.com

RIP Glen

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-08 04:52 PM | Reply

He was constantly on my Dad's stereo, I probably have memorized most of his songs by osmosis.

RIP

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-08-08 04:54 PM | Reply

most people don't know that he was number one call on guitar for just about every studio.

His album on 12 string was amazing...

rip

#7 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-08-08 04:55 PM | Reply

Wow I almost fell out of my chair when I saw this headline. He was indeed truly one of the greatest.

I have to post a link to "By the Time I get to Phoenix" It's such a simple and short love song but yet so powerful, nonetheless.

www.youtube.com

RIP & God Bless.

#8 | Posted by shane at 2017-08-08 05:16 PM | Reply

He's not gonna miss us.

#9 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-08-08 05:19 PM | Reply

taking ABSOLUTELY NOTHING away from Mr. Campbell but one of the best things he ever did was meet a young song writer named Jimmy Webb.

Sings the Best of Jimmy Webb 1967-1992
Audio CD
GLEN CAMPBELL (Artist)

1. Galveston
2. Wichita Lineman
3. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
4. Just Another Piece Of Paper
5. Where's The Playground Susie?
6. Didn't We
7. Honey Come Back
8. Just This One Time
9. You Might As Well Smile
10. Moon's A Harsh Mistress
11. Wishing Now
12. Ocean In His Eyes
13. It's A Sin When You Love Somebody
14. I Keep It Hid
15. Adoration
16. Highwayman
17. This Is Sarah's Song
18. I Was Too Busy Loving You
19. Still Within The Sound Of My Voice
20. For Sure, For Certain, Forever, For Always
21. Lightning In A Bottle
22. If These Walls Could Speak
23. Light Years
24. Only One Life

#10 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-08-08 05:22 PM | Reply

how many MILLIONS of those first three were sold...

both amazing talents...

#11 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-08-08 05:30 PM | Reply

--Wichita Lineman

Love that song. Bet the blue bubblites hate it, because it's about the working class, not them.

#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-08-08 05:49 PM | Reply

#12

Can just almost see the working class from the balcony of his Ivory Tower.

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-08 05:51 PM | Reply

#12.

Why did you feel the need to go there?

#14 | Posted by TedBaxter at 2017-08-08 06:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I liked his soup when I was a kid.
Do they even sell that anymore?

#15 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-08-08 06:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

He comes across as the type of person who cannot seem to talk about anything but politics, regardless of the setting.
Sounds like many of the ideologues of the retort. You could have a thread on bbq and some lunatic will start shouting "trump!".
#11 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2017-08-07 11:24 AM
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"Love that song. Bet the blue bubblites hate it, because it's about the working class, not them."
#12 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

#16 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-08-08 06:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

John Hartford wrote Gentle on my Mind but Glen Campbell made it a hit. It's one of my favorite songs of all time.

#17 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-08-08 06:25 PM | Reply

#10 | POSTED BY AFKABL2

I've heard of Jimmy Webb over the years, but I never realized how prolific he was.

I didn't know that he wrote the song "Highwayman". Wow, you talk about a mysterious and beautiful song about reincarnation.

#18 | Posted by shane at 2017-08-08 06:31 PM | Reply

John Hartford was often a guest on Glen's summer TV show. Smothers Brothers too I believe. I loved him, very deadpan.

I recently read a short bio on Jimmy Webb. Quite the hippy. Frank Sinatra hated hippies but he loved Jimmy.

Glen got to spend some time at Joe Arpaio's "house" awhile back after a drunken fender bender ride. He gave a concert to the folks in tent city after that. I thought that was pretty cool.

#19 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-08-08 07:10 PM | Reply

SHANE.....I didn't know that either ...it is good...really good.

#20 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-08-08 07:17 PM | Reply

gentlemen and ladies....this is the Glenn Campbell that I first listened to as a kid.

www.youtube.com

#21 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-08-08 07:56 PM | Reply

"Glen Campbell - I'm Not Gonna Miss You"

www.youtube.com

#22 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-08 08:01 PM | Reply

We loved Glenn, never missed his show, loved his records, and seriously loved him. Had a great sense of humor too.

"Gentle on my mind"

www.google.com

RIP Lineman for the County.

#23 | Posted by danni at 2017-08-08 08:09 PM | Reply

Before he made it, he was a studio musician who got to play for his idol Sinatra.

At first break, Sinatra told studio mgr to get that --- out of there. Who told him to back down, kid was just awestruck.

#24 | Posted by 88120rob at 2017-08-08 08:21 PM | Reply

RIP Cowboy
forever you'll be gentle on my mind.
youtu.be

#25 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-08-08 08:28 PM | Reply

"--Wichita Lineman
Love that song. Bet the blue bubblites hate it, because it's about the working class, not them."

Huh. All this time I thought that song was about lazy public sector employees working for a government monopoly.

#26 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-08 08:40 PM | Reply

#22 that was tough , hope that doesn't happen to me.

Heard a thing on NPR awhile ago, an interview with his son.

Asked if Glen had guitars in his room at the facility. He said yes I don't know if he remembers me but he still played better than I do.

Sandra O Conner ( sic?) another tough story.

#27 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-08-08 08:58 PM | Reply

#25 is a very strange vers of Wichita Lineman.

RIP Glen Campbell

#28 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-08-08 10:57 PM | Reply

Before he made it, he was a studio musician who got to play for his idol Sinatra.

At first break, Sinatra told studio mgr to get that --- out of there. Who told him to back down, kid was just awestruck.

#24 | Posted by 88120rob at 2017-08-08 08:21 PM |

yes sir.....if I were to once again look through my albums I could see one list after another with these two names..

both top calls in studios.

steve gad...drum set

glenn campbell...not just guitar but any string instrument.

#29 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-08-09 11:13 AM | Reply

#10 | POSTED BY AFKABL2
"one of the best things he ever did was meet a young song writer named Jimmy Webb."

VERY true.

#30 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-08-09 03:25 PM | Reply

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