Nashville is in mourning. Glen Campbell, legendary musician and guitarist, passed away this morning at the age of 81. Our Rhinestone Cowboy is gone.
Twice I had the privilege of going to see Glen Campbell play his guitar and sing live. The last time was on his farewell tour at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee about five years ago. Alzheimer’s had already reared its ugly head and it was evident in Glen’s life. But even with Alzheimer’s and at age 76, the man put on a performance like you’d never believe! I’ll never forget that night. No doubt, he was an entertainer.
The first time I went to see Glen Campbell was in 1972 when he performed at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee. It was two weeks after my 13th birthday. I had received a 110 pocket camera for my birthday and so I snapped an entire roll of film of Glen singing and playing up on that stage in his dazzling sparkling getup.
When I went to pick up the film after developing, to my surprise, there were no photos in the envelope. Only a letter telling me my photos had been destroyed in processing. Let me tell you, this 13-year-old girl stood outside that drugstore on the sidewalk and bawled.
While other little girls were swooning over teen idols like David Cassidy and Bobby Sherman, the Beatles and The Monkeys, I was mesmerized by Glen Campbell. It was HIS poster that hung on the back of my bedroom door. The first album I ever bought was By the Time I get to Phoenix.
There will NEVER be another guitar player like Glen Campbell. He was a child prodigy who started playing at age 4 and a musical genius who couldn’t even read music. He was said to have had perfect pitch. Dolly Parton said it all tonight when she said he could play anything and he played it well.
He was an extremely gifted musician and in my opinion, one of the finest guitar players known in country music.
I heard him say that this was his favorite song and that he just loved it.
This was my favorite.
RIP Glen Campbell. I’m thankful you shared your amazing gift with the world for so many years. Music City is alive with your music tonight as a tribute to your amazing life and talent, and we will never forget you.
Who are your friends? They are the people who are there in hard times or when you’re hurting beyond words. Or with a few words of encouragement and concern, make you realize you’re really not lost at all. Friends comes in both sexes, in all shapes, colors and sizes, but the most important thing they have in common, is the ability to share with you, your best joys and your deepest sorrows, for they are your friends.
― Glen Campbell