Goodnight to the Rhinestone Cowboy
My Music Monday this week is dedicated to the great Glen Campbell who passed away on the 8th August. An absolute legend in music with so many hits and awards spanning over his fifty year career.
An amazing man and musician with songs I will remember as long as I live. I've listened to him a lot recently with the release of his recent album 'Adios' in June this year. Aptly titled you could say and after six years suffering with Alzheimers it would be his 'goodbye'.
I loved his voice, so soothing and classic songs you could sing along to. Wichita Lineman had a place in our household and we all sang it to my youngest brother who became a 'linesman for the county' when he started his career as a linesman for the local electricity board. It just stays in my memories from back then and I will always associate it to that time but also most recently the end of the song marked the end of the Steve Wright in the Afternoon show on Radio 2, it fitted so well. His music always played on the radio when I was young, 'Galveston' is just a song you can belt out when you feel like it and 'Rhinestone Cowboy' was the ultimate country song which everyone knew. 'Southern Nights' a toe tapping cheery number and I loved him singing 'Everybody's Talkin', so relaxing.
He may have been 81 years old but his voice was timeless even with Adios which was recorded in 2012/2013 he sounded like he always did. According to his wife he wanted to preserve 'what magic was left' and although having problems remembering some lyrics his long time co collaborator Carl Jackson stated that Glen 'never lost his melodies and that beautiful pitch and tone'. I think he was right.
So Rest in Peace Mr Campbell and although you have left this earth your songs will live on I'm sure for many years to come. Goodbye and Adios, fly high cowboy!!
Thanks for reading, feel free to join me again for Teapot Tuesday tomorrow.
Take care for now......
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