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August 9

The “Rhinestone Cowboy” Remembered a Year After his Death

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Glen Campbell | Photo credit: 985thejewell.com

A year has already passed since the legendary country music star Glen Campbell passed away at the age of 81. Although time may have healed the sorrow caused by his demise, missing him is still inevitable. Gladly, he left us with plenty of good songs to listen to and remember him.

Throughout his career that spans more than five decades, the singer placed 80 songs in total on various music charts. Nine of which reached No. 1 including Wichita Lineman” (1968), Galveston” (1969), and Rhinestone Cowboy (1975). His versatility is an essential trait that enabled him to outsell the Beatles in 1968. He gained acclaim as a bankable studio guitarist, a sought-after singer, and a television host as well. He was indeed a multi-talented artist.

A Short Recall of His Early Life and Career

At the age of 14, Campbell dropped out of school to work with his brothers. When he moved to live with his musician uncle in Wyoming, that’s when he started to develop an interest in music. Together, they began playing gigs at local venues until Campbell moved to Los Angles in 1962.  His big break as a solo artist came in 1967 with his hit single By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” This was followed by a string of major hits and acting roles. His career saw a slight slowing down in the early 1970s though. But, he made an amazing comeback when he recorded his smash hit “Rhinestone Cowboy” in 1975.

In 2011, Campbell disclosed his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. He was 75 years old back then. He concluded his music career in a dramatic fashion through a farewell tour with three of his children backing him on stage.

In honor of his first death anniversary, let’s listen to Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.” The music video for the song was one of his last few recordings.

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