December 26

With Bagpipes, Glen Campbell’s Rendition of “Amazing Grace”

With Bagpipes, Glen Campbell's Rendition of “Amazing Grace” 1

The Instruments He Played

Everybody knows that the Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell was acknowledged as an astounding guitar player. This acknowledgment led to different awards and the latest was January of this year. He was the first-ever country artist to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Guitar Museum. This award is given to those people known for “contributing to the legacy of the guitar and having a singular historical importance to the development and historical appreciation of the instrument”.

However, the country legend’s instrumental skills go far beyond the guitar. Glen Campbell could also play the banjo. It is an instrument which his daughter, Ashley, has fallen in love with. And nobody would expect this from a country music singer, but Campbell was also able to play the bagpipes.

Story of the Song

Based on poet John Newton’s real-life experiences, Amazing Grace was published in 1779. He wrote the poem as a way of expressing the changes in his life after he found his faith.

Nowadays, “Amazing Grace” is one of the most beloved hymns in history. Over the years, bagpipes began to be included in various performances of the song. In modern times, the bagpipe version of “Amazing Grace” is often played during the funeral services.

“Amazing Grace” is an emotional song, However, there’s something about the inclusion of bagpipes that makes it more tear-jerking. Throughout his career, we believe that Glen Campbell managed to move plenty of people whenever he played his unique solo version of “Amazing Grace.”

While it’s typical for one person or a group to sing “Amazing Grace” while others play bagpipes. Glen Campbell took on both roles. During one performance he sang with the bagpipes propped up on his shoulder, and at times even sang with the mouthpiece between his lips. Now if that’s not impressive, we don’t know what is. Campbell paused a few times to play short solos on the bagpipes. If you thought his singing was magnificent, just wait until you hear him play those bagpipes. You’ll likely have chills from the second he starts playing.

I’m sure that you’ll agree that Glen Campbell is one of the greatest country artists. He will be dearly missed.


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