Farewell Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell 1936-2017

Choking back tears, I don’t have words…. only memories.  Wonderful memories.

However, you can judge Glen Campbell’s excellence upon the faces of his peers.

(Story Here)

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263 Responses to Farewell Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell 1936-2017

  1. TrueNorthSeeker says:

    I never had the pleasure of seeing him live like many of you but admired his talent very much. Even as he struggled recently, he continued to give of himself. He was an inspiration and a wonderfully talented, gentle man. May he rest in the Peace he so rightly deserves. 😢

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  2. jello333 says:

    The biggest compliment I can give him is this: Even I never have liked much country-style music, only a tiny handful of songs and artists… I liked several of Glen’s songs, and I liked him as a person. And right now I’m kinda dreading having to tell my mom the news. She hasn’t had the TV on today, so I’m sure she doesn’t know… and she really loved the guy. 😦

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    • jello333 says:

      (“Even though I never…”)

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    • Sharon says:

      jello – generally speaking, how are things going with your mom?

      How did the sharing of this news unfold?

      Thinking of you today, friend.

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      • jello333 says:

        Thanks for asking, Sharon. Yeah, I told her this morning and I was surprised that she WASN’T surprised. I guess she already knew about his Alzheimer’s and stuff. So she just shook her head and said, “I know he’s better off now.” I like she has that attitude in general, since her being in her 90s now she thinks a lot about when the inevitable comes for her/us. She’s not at all depressed about it, because of course she believes in an afterlife, and that she’ll be reunited with all her old friends and relatives. I’m actually starting to lean that way myself, even though in the past I really didn’t believe any of that. But now I’m to the stage where I think that yep, maybe, just maybe there’s something good comes our way in the “next life”. And I’m a firm believer that, if that’s the case, the kind of person you were HERE will help determine how happy your afterlife is. 🙂

        By the way, now Mom wants me to see if I can find the couple of Glen Campbell albums she has. They’re packed up in boxes some where, and I have no idea exactly where. I told Mom this, and that even if I find them we don’t even have a record player anymore, but she doesn’t care. She just got reminded about the records (and a bunch of others she has), so she’s curious to see them again. 😉

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  3. Sylvia Avery says:

    Remember “The Dreams of the Everyday Housewife?”

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  4. salminella says:

    I think ‘Galveston’ was underrated. He and John Hartford were well teamed.

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    • farmhand1927 says:

      In Galveston, he sings of cannons firing and cleaning his gun. Never knew if it was supposed to be a Civil War soldier singing it or a guy in Viet Nam since it cam out in the Nam era. No matter, it was one of his best. Thanks forever, Witchita Lineman…

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    • nuthinmuffin says:

      outstanding tune…i’ll always remember his tv shows. “hi! i’m glen campbell”

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  5. Jim Rogers says:

    Yea, Sundance, we’re sharing tears with a lotta folks this evenings….. We’ve lost a big one!!! This song is most fitting for Glen has long been, and will always be, “Gentle on My Mind!” Thanks for sharing….

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  6. Sherlock says:

    Guy could really play. As a studio guy, he appeared on hundreds of albums, sometimes with credit, usually without. Always liked him.

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    • Sherlock says:

      Was part of a group of studio musicians starting in 1958, from what I just read. They were called the “Wrecking Crew”. Wikipedia has an entry listing some of the guys. For example, Campbell played guitar on the Beachboys “Pet Sounds” album, the one most people say was there best ever.

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      • steph_gray says:

        There’s also a very good documentary film of the same name about The Wrecking Crew. Well worth watching – no annoying agenda IIRC, just great stories about the music.

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  7. drillerelite says:

    Glen Campbell, one of my very 1st hero’s from time I was about 3 years old. RIP sir, wonderful memories indeed. Hope you got a star spangled reception at the pearly gates

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  8. Carolina Girl says:

    I remember watching his TV show many times with Mama. I love Galveston and Wichita Lineman. Great musician and nice guy.

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  9. Texian says:

    Farewell my old gentle icon.. a role model during my youth.. fond memories of hurrying to finish homework and supper just so I could watch “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour..” Mom and Dad alotted that tv time slot just for me..

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  10. Emily Summer says:

    I haven’t cried in years……I did today for Glen. R.I.P.

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  11. Sayit2016 says:

    I sent a text to my sister telling her that Glen passed …I told her ” this has made me profoundly sad”…..She responded ” I knew it would”…..

    My Mother loved Glen Campbell and I was brought up on his music…( I would later meet Tanya Tucker in 1989 but that is another story) There will never be a voice like this again. I found a complete set of all his records ( yes actual records) unopened at a London auction of all places 5 years ago, and was so excited to find it. I have a knack for picking up lyrics quickly and have had this since I was a kid…..

    I remember I was in the kitchen with my Mom and she was listening to a GC record, she was cooking I was sitting on the floor coloring, and she had played it a few times by flipping over the record ( remember that ?) And I starting belting out :

    ” Oh what a woman she treats me uncommonly good yeah ( oh yes she does ) Oh what a woman she treats me uncommonly good…. Well she’s good as a woman can be anything to satisfy me
    Yeah ! ”

    My Mom nearly dropped the bowl of potatoes in shock… It is still one of my favorite songs…

    For any Glen Campbell fan .. Ghost On the Canvas is an amazing CD….

    RIP Glen, you made my Mother sing and dance and I will be forever grateful for that. You are free from that hideous disease and in the arms of God now…

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    • sunnydaze says:

      That’s a really funny story, sayit. !!!!

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      • Sayit2016 says:

        Apparently was a pretty risque song for a 6 year old LOL ; )

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        • jello333 says:

          Well, imagine how my wife and I felt when we were at my ballgame and heard our two kids (both under 10) playing the Purple Rain album on their newly-acquired boom box. Full-blast. And the song they chose? Darling Nikki! :/

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          • Sayit2016 says:

            well…it could have been Darling Niki LMAO- !

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          • Sayit2016 says:

            OMG I just saw you said Darling Niki I read Purple Rain– that is even funnier !

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            • jello333 says:

              Haha! Yeah, I didn’t quite get your first comment. But yep… of course it HAD to be that song. :/

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              • Sayit2016 says:

                My Dad called me ( would have been in 1985 ish) and told me his Chinese partner was in town and it was his Birthday…and would I put a ” little party together” for him..I made a ton of calls to my friends ( who were always up for a party) and Dad’s business associates…it turned out to be a BIG party about 50 people were there was of course a generation gap –my friends, his friends– anyway drink and food flowing ( Thank God for Costco ) and it morphed into up having a dance party.. anyway Little Niki came on everyone is dancing- I look up and there is Robert ( Dad’s partner) grinding it out on the dance floor lol My Dad looks at me like “what is this song” all I could do is shrug -hands up. and laugh. It was totally insane..People did not leave until after 2 AM. I had people in my pool, the Jacuzzi. The next day Robert called me and said that was the best Birthday he ever had. It was the first time he had ever had a ” Birthday cake ” ! ( which of course had sparkles on it and his name ) in his life. He said Veddy Veddy good music ! ; ) ( Chinese have ” Longevity noodles” to celebrate their birthday not cake.) My Father thanked me for throwing the party, said the cake was fantastic and said I had ” questionable taste in music and he was going to call my Mother to discuss it LOL.

                I said ok Dad– then why were YOU dancing to it ? ; )

                Good times ; )

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  12. Never missed Glen’s TV show as a kid in the late 60s early 70s. He was great in the original True Grit movie. It was years later before I learned what a great musician he was. I also loved his Highland bagpipe playing. RIP.

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  13. Paco Loco says:

    Adios Glenn and RIP. I can still hear Gentle On My Mind playing on an old AM car radio somewhere out on Highway 66 hitch hiking across America in 1968…the wide open country, the friendly people, America captured by Glenn Campbell in song. It probably won’t ever get any better than that for me.

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  14. West Highlands says:

    If anyone hasn’t enjoyed Glen Campbell’s concert with the Boston Pops Orchestra, please give it a try. I think it is from 1978. I believe you can still buy the CD or see selections on You Tube. It is outstanding! I wish I knew how to post some of it here. His guitar picking on “Classical Gas” is just WOW, and one of my other favorites is “Highway Man”, a very haunting song, but beautiful. Check it out!

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  15. farmhand1927 says:

    “By the time I reach Albuquerque” is rewritten tonite to say, “By the time I reach Heaven’s Gates”.

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  16. sunnydaze says:

    He “almost” lets her win here:

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  17. Fe says:

    Like Sundance, I’m fighting tears and losing the battle. My husband and I have seen him live years ago and loved his show. Growing up I watched his tv shows and my family loved them. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. I don’t know for sure, but my spirit tells me this man is with Jesus our Lord. Rejoice for we shall get to meet him someday on the other side of Eternity.

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    • WSB says:

      Thank you for that sentiment, Fe! God bless Glen. I hope he may be honored by POTUS at some point soon.

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    • Raven says:

      Here is your answer my sister. . .

      I remember years ago when Glen Campbell gave his life to Christ. On that day I rejoiced with the angels, as I do on hearing our brother is now with our Father.

      I have probably every album Glen Campbell made, cassette tapes and CDs. If you can find it, buy ‘Wings of Victory’ a wonderful CD of Glen’s Christian songs — including the song he sings in this video with backup that is amazing.

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  18. Dad's son says:

    My first comment ever here because “Gentle on My Mind” is the first song I remember. I was about two years old and Dad would come home from work so tired and open up a cabinet where inside waited his reel-to-reel tape player, and load up Glen Campbell. The title track was the first song, and Dad said I would ask him to play it over and over. It’s hard to describe what hearing a song like that felt like to a two-year-old except that I was in heaven and heaven was right there in the room.
    Lost Dad four years ago and I think this is going to hit me hard later.
    God Bless Glen Campbell. Thanks for everything….

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  19. Barbiedoll says:

    Rest easy with the Lord, Glen Campbell. My favorites were his collaborations with Jimmy Webb. Wichita Lineman, By the Time I Get to Phoenix. And so much more.

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  20. MaineCoon says:

    Boy, listening to all his songs takes me back through the decades and brings tears.

    This was my thought as I listened….God gifted Glen with a unique talent that reached the world in spite of the ups and downs in his personal life.

    Thank you God for Glen Campbell. He blessed me for so many years.

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  21. WSB says:

    God bless you, Glen. My earliest memories were hearing you on my mother’s radio in the Bedford, Massachusetts kitchen while baking cookies in ’67. That blessed memory will never go away.

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  22. Ginger says:

    I was able to see him many times at North Phoenix Baptist church where he attended after he gave his life to Christ

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  23. Aleks says:

    “And I need you more than want you…and I want you for all time…” RIP my dear Glen

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  24. My parents were married in 1960 and the first album cover I remember was one of Gen’s. They bought his albums after joining one of those music clubs out of Time Magazine. Now in my 50s, I recently went on a Glen Campbell nostalgia Youtube binge. His music will stand the test of time as long as real music and those who appreciate it exists. As a boy in the South during Vietnam, it didn’t enter your mind to be yella, not with my dad lambasting the Smothers Brothers and Jane Fonda. Our back was up against any and all words coming out of any commie-lover’s mouth. But when Glen sang, “I am so afraid of dying” in Galveston, he reached into the hearts of every naive would-be Johnny Reb and brought it all into perspective more than ten thousand anti-war efforts ever could.

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  25. StuckInBlue says:

    Sundance, I want to thank you for choosing that video to help us remember Glen. Given all his struggles, it is especially poignant. Now where did I put those tissues?

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  26. YvonneMarie says:

    True Grit 🌹

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  27. sunnydaze says:

    Another great one!

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  28. sunnydaze says:

    This is so great, tons of great GC songs that I’d kind of “forgotten” about:

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  29. andyocoregon says:

    Raw talent like Glen Campbell had is extremely rare. And what a calm, great human being he was.

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  30. Risasi says:

    A melancholy has set over me with this news tonight. I never was a huge fan of his, or country music in general, but I grew to like Campbell the past several years.
    I was always more of a Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash fan. Cash’s death actually is the one that made me reflect and realize that there was a new culture coming to America. The 20 somethings at that time, most I talked to didn’t know who he was. I’m sure the same is true of Glen Campbell today.

    These “bad boy” outlaw country types are just the American every-man, and easy to identify with. They showed us who they were, warts and all. They mellowed as they grew older.
    I don’t believe they were proud of their “bad boy” ways, and turned to the Savior, Jesus Christ. And that’s really the point, heaven is for “bad boys” who need a Savior and while I appreciate both of these men for their music, I appreciate it even more that they had boldness enough to share a testimony of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and get them some of His righteousness.

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  31. sunnydaze says:

    Quite a biography. 12 kids, father was a sharecropper. Some of his siblings have great voices, too:

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  32. Keln says:

    One of the old greats. My first exposure to him was his later gospel music my parents played in the car on long trips when I was a kid (around the same time I discovered Alison Krauss). Although I gravitated more towards Alison and bluegrass in general, I still loved listening to a little Glen Campbell now and again. He had a great voice and was really good on the guitar. And there was always something very personal about those later albums he did singing gospel, as if it was something he just felt he had to do.

    Gentle on My Mind is my favorite of his, even though I guess it was a cover. He pretty much made that song what it is.

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  33. Annie says:

    Sitting here, listening, watching and remembering..and shedding some tears. I can only remember crying over two others when they passed. Elvis and Jim Croce..Rest in Peace, Glen…we will meet again..

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  34. Dixie says:

    I will mourn for Glen Campbell as I remember his songs from my past, but I will rejoice for his escape from that terrible disease.

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  35. Miss America says:

    “Wichita Lineman”… one of my all time favorite songs.

    Rest easy, Mr. Campbell. Sing with the angels now.

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  36. sunnydaze says:

    Phew. Another beautiful song. Gentle.

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  37. sundance says:

    This one is for Jello !!

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  38. Dad's son says:

    There is still so much heart in our town, after everything. As I walked in tonight a young scraggly fellow was singing “Wichita Lineman.” A sign there. The prickly young host told me in jest, as he has done since I met him, months ago, that the list was closed. I told him what and why and when he called me up that little punk gave out of nowhere to the festive artistic crowd a pretty darn good bio of Glen Campbell and then handed me the mic and a great young/old mixed crowd listened and I hadn’t thought I could finish the song but then it happened that my 50-year-old memory poured out easily like a unhurried stream … some claps on the back and “timeless song” from one of the kids as I left the stage.

    Then other signs of life – two young girls breakin’ down Sam & Dave and acting it all out with choreographed spins and nailing down the harmonies. Another kid breathing loving life into “Operator” by Jim Croce. Last time I was there I met a young Sinatra in a mint-julep suit and fedora who does the southern casino circuit. A few girls there with such joie d’vivre like to break your heart and make you sing along and then they grab your hand and let you know that not everyone dances like someone is looking.

    Everyone being themselves and I am glad that tonight that music cradled us all and for myself the joy survives. These kids are alive with heart and soul.

    God bless the Campbell family and they already know but I’ll say again that Daddy’s music lives on and on and always will. I feel better tonight than I ever thought I would.

    Because Glen is free now and his legacy is a gift of joy that will be with us forever….

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  39. Bob Thoms says:

    Song writer extraordinaire, Jimmy Webb, remembers Glen Campbell. A good read.

    http://variety.com/2017/music/news/jimmy-webb-remembers-glen-campbell-songwriter-1202520456/

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  40. Apologize for not having time to read all the comments on this post, but I would like to say I’m with Sundance on this one. Those of us of a certain age know all of his songs by heart; the one at the top of the post, “Gentle on my Mind” is still for me his greatest song. Do yourself a favor and just sit back and listen to the words of this wonderful ballard performed as only Glen could do it.

    God Bless, Glen; may you rest eternally in God’s Peace.

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    • G. Combs says:

      I am not really fond of country music but listening to the Utubes posted, I never realized just how many of Glen Cambell’s songs made it into my ‘favorite’ category.

      The world is diminished by his loss.

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    • dbethd says:

      I grew up in the wrong generation, but I love Glen Campbell’s music and have enjoyed learning more of Glen from this post. I don’t know if my parents played his music growing up. They loved Don Williams and other music like that, so they may have had him on the playlist. He is definitely a favorite of mine.

      He was a beautiful musician and a beautiful soul.

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      • Thank you, dbethd! My children grew up on a now defunct ration station here in Atlanta called “Fox 97” Oldies all the time. Can you imagine they know all the songs from my generation, but few from theirs? Miracles do happen!

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  41. TakeBackOurRepublic says:

    My mom was a huge Glen Campbell fan. 40+ years later I find that I can sing along with the lyrics of his hit songs from the 60’s that I don’t recall were stored in my memory bank until I hear them!

    A documentary mentioned in the linked article called “I’ll be Me” was recorded during his final tour. It poignantly covers how he and his family have handled his progression through Alzheimers disease. It’s free on Netflix if you are a member.

    Serenade the angels in heaven, Glen, and RIP.

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  42. freeperjim says:

    Interview with Alice Cooper on late musician Glen Campbell

    A very insightful interview from Glen’s close friend & golfing partner. Funny and sad – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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    • coltlending says:

      Thanks for posting this and thanks for sharing Alice.

      What a great tribute to Glen Campbell from his good buddy Alice Cooper. I never knew that.

      A casual aquaintance of mine who knew Glenn Campbell (albiet not real well) told me that even after he had lost his mental faculties, he was very kind and quite a gentelman.

      Often as we get older we revert back to the disposition we had as children.

      Evidently Mr. Cambell was a kind soul.

      Lord knows he was a remarkable Muscian. Whicita Lineman kills me.

      Like many of us, he found himself stuck in a blizzard for a spell as Alice Cooper described it, but they both came out OK.

      RIP Mr. Campbell

      Condolences to the families.

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  43. Enlightened Vulgarian says:

    A video of Glen performing Wichita Lineman on the Jools Holland program, 2008:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05bylm0

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