Farewell, ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’

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Country music singer Glen Campbell died this week at 81, prompting many heartfelt condolences and tributes. Campbell, a big name in the ’60s and ’70s for the hits “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Southern Nights” and “Wichita Lineman” had been battling Alzheimer’s disease for several years.

Campbell made a mark through his musical works. His songs were so simple and heartfelt, yet prolific. Campbell, a five-time Grammy winner and one of 12 children, came from farm roots in Arkansas, according to an Associated Press article. His work ethic was honed through farm work and shone through in his many successes. He was a widely acclaimed artist, with more than 45 million records sold, 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits. He performed with other music greats such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, just to name a few.

Campbell also hosted his own summertime series, “The Summer Brothers Smothers Show.” During this stint, his guest list featured country performers, as well as The Monkees, Lucille Ball, Cream, Neil Diamond and Ella Fitzgerald.

Fans and fellow artists alike remember Campbell for his talent and friendly, genuine personality. His professional presence was impressive because he connected so well with others.

Campbell was among a group of performers who enjoyed an impressive record of longevity and an array of hits. His legacy lives on through his children, grandchildren and music.

If you haven’t listened to Glen Campbell, check his music out. If you have an old 8-track or vinyl record of his music, enjoy a trip back to yesteryear when Campbell reigned over the airwaves. Your kids or grandkids might enjoy one of his calm, soothing tunes.

Campbell wasn’t perfect, a fact he readily admits in published reports. His fame took its toll, resulting in alcohol and drug use. When put in perspective, Campbell, like others, lived a mostly good and productive life, with some bumps along the way. He was human, just like the rest of us. That’s why we like him.

Rest in peace, Glen Campbell. Your music was your gift to the world.

— Editorial Board

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