Thursday, August 10, 2017
Glen Campbell, the indelible voice behind 21 Top 40 hits including "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," died Tuesday. He was 81. A rep for Universal Music Group, Campbell's record label, confirmed the singer's death to Rolling Stone. During a career that spanned six decades, Campbell sold over 45 million records. In 1968, one of his biggest years, he outsold the Beatles.
A truly great guitarist and singer. He inspired me to pick up the instrument, which I fortunately later put down. But my son is a talented player. "Gentle on My Mind" was my favorite, but all his songs were great. "Galveston" for example. I asked my 7th Grade teacher, a Texas rose named Mrs. DeShazo, what the lyrics of the song meant, and she said "Do you know how you get to Galveston?" like everybody did. "No," said I and she sighed disgustedly. I still don't know what she meant. Glenn Campbell helped write the soundtrack of the late '60s and early '70s, helping to infuse the private events of those troubled years with meaning.