Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Remembering Glen Campbell

American singer Glen Campbell passed away on August 8, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.  He was 81.  He is remembered not only for his numerous songs he performed, but also for his acting, songwriting, guitar playing, and television hosting work over the years.   Among Campbell's hits are "Gentle on My Mind", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman", "Galveston", "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights".  Glen's earliest work was as a session musician working with many famous artists such as Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin, Jan and Dean, and Elvis Presley just to name a few.  He was also part of the original "Twelve String Guitar" playing with Doug Dillard, Rod Dillard, and Dean Webb. 

Additionally, Glen Campbell was an actor and television host, appearing in such films as "True Grit", "Norwood", and "Any Which Way You Can".  His television work also was numerous, hosting his own show "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour", and making guest appearances on such shows as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Donny and Marie Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and The Midnight Special with Wolfman Jack.  Additionally he appeared on numerous TV specials and made for TV movies.

For many of us growing up in the Baby Boomer years, Glen Campbell was a part of our childhood and our youth.  His songs take us back to another time and another place.  The Wichita Lineman is still on the line...and always will be.  We remember Glen and will share memories of him and his music in an upcoming episode of Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site.