'Rhinestone Cowboy' and Other Great Hits to Remember Glen Campbell By

Kelvin Reese
August 10, 2017

He captured the tour in a film titled Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, and the clip above shows the iconic entertainer in the very last live performance of his lifetime, performing "Gentle on My Mind" at Uptown Theatre in Napa, Calif., on November 30, 2012. This only firmed his cowboy roots, and he became a sensation in the country music circuit.

Lenny Kravitz: "Besides being an awesome solo artist, Glen Campbell was also a genius studio musician - as part of the Wrecking Crew - playing on recordings from The Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra". He seemed to have a preternatural gift for the instrument, helped in part by the teachings of his uncle, guitarist Eugene "Boo" Campbell.

In 1960, Campbell moved to Los Angeles where he had a regular job at a music company, where he was a song-writer and chipped in to record demos. Some years later, he formed his own band, The Western Wranglers. They were talking about him putting together one last album, and it was considered his best one in years.

He went on to play guitar on records by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Monkees and Merle Haggard.

In 1965, Campbells' song "Universal Soldier" reached number 45 on the Hot 100. He became a television star during the late '60s, with a CBS -TV variety show.

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The Jolene singer, 71, was among many stars who paid tribute to Campbell, describing him in a video message posted on Twitter as "one of the greatest voices of all time". He even played guitar on their 1966 seminal record, "Pet Sounds"-although he would end that year as a touring member of Ricky Nelson's band. I will always love you Glen!" wrote Dolly Parton". Recording songs like "Gentle on my Mind", "Wichita Lineman", and "Rhinestone Cowboy" - ideal pieces of pop country that hold up today.

"Glen Campbell has forever left a mark on Country Music's history". Hearing these songs today, his ability to shift between genres is revelatory. Doing that took me back again to that melancholy time period of the Vietnam War era, when some really great music came out that reflected the somberness of the country.

With a pop appeal and honey-like voice, the musician collaborated with numerous most famous singers of the 1960s and 1970s, from Nancy Sinatra to Johnny Cash. "And after that someone else will revel in his vast library of recordings and pass them on to how many future generations?" His words can still knock the wind from your lungs and conjure images of dusty roads and sequined suits.

But from time to time, Campbell would like to put a country twist on popular rock songs like "Good Riddance" by Green Day, "Times Like These" by Foo Fighters, "All I Want Is You", by U2 and "Jesus" by Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground. Quite simply, the world lost an awesome artist with a golden voice today.

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