Hazard businessman remembers friend country singer Glen Campbell

Camille Rivera
August 12, 2017

Campbell, who left his mark on the music, television and movie worlds, died in Nashville, Tennessee, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in Billstown, Arkansas, Campbell, was the seventh of twelve children, and he learned to play the guitar from his Uncle, who had a band called Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys.

According to Campbell's official biography, his album, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was the first country album to win top honor Album of the Year at the 10th Annual Grammy ceremony in 1968. He had originally recorded with the group the year before, but when band leader Brian Wilson suffered a nervous breakdown in December 1964, Campbell was hired to take his place on tour, playing bass and singing harmonies.

Campbell performed on tracks for stars such as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Gorman said Campbell gave him a signed guitar for one of his birthdays.

In 1965, Campbells' song "Universal Soldier" reached number 45 on the Hot 100. Aside from helping inform the Beach Boys' sound in "subtle" ways, Campbell was also credited by Webb as a big fan of duos such as the Everly Brothers, the Righteous Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs, as well as jazz legend Django Reinhardt, whom Glen claimed was one of his biggest influences as a guitar player. He partnered with Campbell on an album recorded in 2012, after Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. In 2013, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" was recorded in his last session.

Completed while he was already suffering from the ravages of Alzheimer's, his final album, Adios, was released in June. But while the Country Music Hall of Fame member was best known for country and crossover hits like "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Galveston", Campbell was in his earlier years an in-demand studio musician as a member of the fabled group known as the Wrecking Crew.

Rolling Stone magazine sorted some prominent voices from the stream of tributes flooding social media.

It is regarded as one of the greatest songs of all time. "I love Glen for so many reasons - but above all, for his humanity".

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