Today's article is about celebrating Glen Campbell's life. I am a huge fan and will miss his god given talent. Glen was born in southern Arkansas. As a 16 year resident of Arkansas, I can tell you where he was born and raised was very rural and poor.
From those humble beings he became an accomplished musician and singer. His talents were so immense in both areas that he would have been a star with just one of the gifts.
Early in his career, he was a studio musician for Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Phil Spector, Sam Cooke, Dean Martin, Simon and Garfunkel, Jan and Dean, the Beach Boys, and many others. He toured with the Beach Boys as a replacement for Brian Wilson for six months.
From there he recorded huge hits such as Gentle On My Mind, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy, Country Boy, and Southern Nights to name just a few. In the 1960's, he had a year that he sold more albums than the Beatles! Also, he had a TV show and starred in True Grit with John Wayne.
Of course, we can not forget those guitar solos. Listen to Galveston and Wichita Lineman and be amazed by his talent.
At the end of his career, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's but was still able to perform until that last several years with the love and support of his family. During his last tour, he performed from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl to sold-out crowds.
To anyone that has not been exposed to Glen's talents. please go online and listen to some of his great hits and listen for those famous guitar solos.