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Friends Remember Musician Glen Campbell

12 August 2017

Webb admitted that when he and Campbell first met, their opposing political beliefs caused some friction - he was liberal and Glen was a Republican - but, he noted, they were able to put aside their differences.

The nine-time Grammy-winner, best known for hit tracks Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman, died on Tuesday morning in Nashville, following a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

The 1970s found Campbell's music reaching a wider audience, as evidenced by songs such as "Rhinestone Cowboy", which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, country and adult contemporary charts in 1975, followed two years later by his second and final No. 1 hit, "Southern Nights", written by revered New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint. In 1968, he took home the CMA's Entertainer of the Year award.

Campbell started his career as a Wrecking Crew member, those highly-gifted session musicians that worked with the likes of the Beach Boys (Campbell played on Pet Sounds), Elvis Presley, Nancy Sinatra, and Merle Haggard.

That is the voice of singer and guitarist Glen Campbell, who passed away yesterday at the age of 81. Between 1964 and 1965, Campbell toured with the Beach Boys as a temporary replacement for Brian Wilson, who had briefly retired after suffering from panic attacks.

Our thoughts are with Campbell's loved ones during this hard time.

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James Keach, who directed a documentary that chronicled that long farewell four, recalled that Campbell's family had become his carers at that point, while his band backed him when he forgot the music, and fans filled in the words when he dropped some lyrics.

My favorite part of the interview was when Campbell brought up one of my now-favorite songs, "Gentle On My Mind", then sang into the phone, "It's knowing that your door is always open and your path is free to walk".

JIMMY WEBB: "Wichita Lineman", to me, is a quintessential Glen Campbell record.

In a statement issued Tuesday night to his official Facebook, Urban paid tribute to someone he considered his "role model". Campbell used the song as the theme to his television variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour between 1969 and 1972.

Fans are mourning the loss of Glen Campbell and celebrating his bravery.

Friends Remember Musician Glen Campbell