Glen Campbell RIP

Country & Western singer Glen Campbell has passed on after a long and difficult old age of dementia. Glen Campbell was part of the “Bakersfield CA Sound” – country music marketed for all of America. Yeah, it wasn’t Hank Williams Sr, Loretta Lynn but it was good music. Glen Campbell never took the 30 pieces of silver to promote bad Lib Leftist, cultural marxists, Neo Conservative ZOG SH**.

He was a good man and his music was solid.

Here’s a 30 year old Austin City Limits live music video “The Wichita Lineman” link

And also a loving testimony by Rock and Roller Alice Cooper (link)

RIP Mr. Glen Campbell – we hope to see you after we pass on. But…

We’re still here.

19 Comments

  1. Born in Arkansas. At one point, I compiled a list of musical Arkansans, including black blues musicians. It was quite a few. Per capita, by state population, it must be pretty high.

    Anyway–he was one of the greats. RIP.

    PS One “n” in “Glen,” Jack.

  2. PPS A Glen Campbell item that amused me at the time (1980):

    Campbell, who has started dating country singer Tanya Tucker, twenty-two years his junior, almost immediately after his divorce from his third wife, says, “I gave a God a prayer … and He gave me Tanya Tucker.”

    The ex-wife, having been informed of that, says, “Well, I gave God a prayer, too, and he let Glen find Tanya Tucker.”

    (That’s in an archival People magazine article that’s posted at http://people.com/archive/cover-story-country-courtship-vol-13-no-26/ The romance with Tucker was volatile, and in 1982, Campbell married a Radio City Music Hall dancer he’d met on a blind date.)

  3. PPPS Not entirely off topic: Within the past few years, I was struck by a clause in “Gentle on My Mind,” which was Campbell’s breakthrough single, fifty years ago. The song, written by John Hartford, is about a drifter who retains desire for a particular woman on whom he looks in from time to time (because her disinclination to demand a commitment from him keeps her “gentle on [his] mind”).

    The clause that struck me is at the head of the third verse, and what struck me about it was that it sounds almost antique. It evokes–in me, anyway–a vision of a white, heartland America whose disappearance wouldn’t even have been imagined when Hartford was writing the song.

    The clause–actually, only the first half of a clause–is this simple:

    “Though the wheat fields and the clothes lines and the junkyards and the highways come between us …”

    That was written in an age of color television, communications satellites, and manned spacecraft, but it seems to have more in common with the America of the Great Depression than it does with the America of today. I don’t think that’s simply because the Depression was only three decades in the past when it was written.

    Hartford, the writer, grew up in Missouri and moved to Nashville in 1965, the year of the Immigration Act that nobody noticed. At the end of that year, there was released the movie “Dr. Zhivago,” which Hartford saw the night he wrote the song. He later said the movie gave him the feeling that caused him to write it.

    Campbell’s recording of the song is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VecunpIqlg0

  4. A lot of musical ‘artists’ these days are simply leftwing politicians pretending to be entertainers. Its always good to come across real musicians occasionally who are kind, entertaining and allow you to feel good about who you are.
    R.I.P. sir.

  5. My dad had all of Glen’s albums. I had a few, too. So did my wife’s parents. I had a couple myself. I liked Glen in Rooster Cogburn.

    Glen’s passing is sad and I’m sorry to hear of it.

  6. Always liked his prime time “Glen Campell Goodtime Hour” (1969-72). It was a great TV variety show with some of the best entertainers in the business, at that time, I might add. Keep in mind, by the early 70’s the boob tube was already going down the crapper.

      • He had the lyrics to “Galveston” (1969) re-written to make it sound less anti-war & more like a soldier hoping to make it home alive from Viet Nam. Also, I really liked his big comeback song “Rhinestone Cowboy” (1975).

  7. “The seventh son of a seventh son, from Delight, Arkansas,” I remember reading off of one of his early albums. One of the greatest (if not the greatest) guitarists and popular musicians America has produced. Jewish media is reporting that Glen was a ‘messianic jew’ (excuse me while I barf).

  8. He did a darn good rendition of “It’s Only Make Believe” which was almost as good as Conway Twitty’s. Of course, the full orchestra did help.

    RIP, Glen, you will be missed.

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