My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Glen Campbell 1936-2017

The country legend has passed following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 81-years-old.

4 responses to “BREAKING NEWS: Glen Campbell 1936-2017

  1. Luckyoldsun August 8, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Very sad about Glen. His final tour in the early 2010’s, while he had Alzheimer’s was riveting. When he’d get on the stage, he could still pick and do a pretty good rendition of most of his songs, even if he had trouble with some of the words. The movie “I’ll Be Me” is a great recounting. Everyone from Vince Gill to Springsteen, to Paul McCartney came to personally salute Glen at the Grammies.
    Like his friend Johnny Cash, Campbell did a lot for country music by featuring most of the major country artists on his network TV show.

  2. Erik North August 8, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    No matter how inevitable it was, the passing of Glen Campbell is a big loss, regardless of whether one is a country fan or a pop, rock, blues, folk, or bluegrass fan, since he delved into all such genres. From his time as part of the Wrecking Crew to subbing for Brian Wilson on the Beach Boys’ 1964-65 tour and all those hits of his from 1967 into the 1980s, he has had an impact that is not limited to just one musical form. Talent like his is irreplaceable, and I don’t think you’ll ever see the likes of him again.

  3. Ken August 9, 2017 at 9:26 am

    First became familiar with Glen in early 1967 when “Burning Bridges” was played on country radio. I bought that LP as I could not find the Capitol 45. From that point on I was fan. I don’t think that he got the full credit he deserved for helping to popularize country music to the mass audience. His TV show was must-see-TV at my house. It began as a summer replacement series in the summer of 1968 – “The Summer Brothers Smothers Show.” Tommy Smothers had the foresight to believe that Glen could host a variety show. It was so successful that CBS gave Glen his own show in January 1969 and he made sure to always include the stars of country music alongside the Hollywood & pop music stars that appeared on his show. During that period Glen scored many of his biggest hits including “Wichita Lineman” & “Galveston” so the show helped his records and his records helped the show. Though his career had it’s ups & downs I give Glen credit for choosing quality songs and giving excellent performances even during several periods when the hits did not happen.

    Though not a prolific songwriter he did create a song that is one of my favorites. He first recorded it as a solo in 1965 then did a duet version with Bobbie Gentry in 1968. Here’s a clip from his CBS-TV Goodtime Hour performing the song with Jackie DeShannon and his 12 string guitar. Always fun to watch him play as he such an amazing guitar player.

    A truly amazing and unique talent. God Bless Glen Campbell.

  4. Aussie country girl August 12, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Glen Campbell was a great singer and we in Australia are also mourning his passing.

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