Glen Campbell, beloved singer/songwriter and long time member of the famous Wrecking Crew has died at 81.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ One of Glen Campbell’s biggest hits was a throwaway from Don Ho. Campbell said in a 2008 Associated Press interview Ho told him he had no luck with the song “Galveston,” so he offered it to Campbell. Campbell said in a 1994 A-P interview he loved playing “Southern Nights” because it was fun to play. He said it used a lick he learned from Jerry Reed and he saved it for seven years before he found a use for it. He said he tried to slip in his home state of Arkansas in “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” instead of Oklahoma, but songwriter Jimmy Webb had a fit because he was from Oklahoma. The one song Campbell felt defined him, though, was “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Campbell died yesterday in Nashville at the age of 81 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. (Associated Press)
A few years ago after his Alzheimer’s disease Glen decided to do a farewell tour. It was filmed and is titled “I’ll Be Me”. It is very well done and very touching. He had his kids accompany as his backing band for the tour.
Denny Tedesco, son of famous Wrecking Cre2w member produced a wonderful documentary about all of the Wrecking Crew, the groupd of studio musicians that played on just about every song you know from the 1960’s.
Here is a clip of Glen from The Wrecking Crew Film.
R.I.P Glen and thank you for the music.
Source Associated Press, Denny Tedesco’s YouTube channel.
Link to Glen Campbell’s website
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