RIP Glen Campbell: From Sinatra to Rhinestone Cowboy

first_imgCountry-pop legend Glen Campbell passed away yesterday at the age 81 from Alzheimer’s complications. While those closest to him lost a beloved husband, father, and trusted friend, the world lost a musician who made an indelible mark on the music scene. His battle with the insidious disease and his final concert tour was the subject of the 2014 documentary I’ll Be Me. Campbell’s solo career began in 1961, and over the next five decades, he sold 45 million records, won every conceivable award possible as a country and pop musician (including four Grammys in one night!), and contributed to some of the most famous songs ever recorded. Hell, in 1968, he outsold The Beatles. As part of Phil Spector’s legendary coterie of studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew, Campbell helped make parts of hit songs from Frank Sinatra to The Monkees and even The Beach Boys.In a statement released yesterday, his surviving family said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.”In honor of the late Mr. Campbell, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to look at some of his career highlights. We have his chart topping solo work and a few of his most famous session contributions on tap. Check out the videos below for a peek at the amazing range of material he produced over the course of his singularly impressive career below.Glen Campbell, “Witchita Lineman”Though Dean Martin’s version of “Witchita Lineman” was more popular in Europe, in America, the song was always best known as performed by Glen Campbell. As one of his earliest solo chart toppers, it became part of his incredibly popular late-sixties run of classics.The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations” The Wrecking Crew faced one of their biggest challenges when they helped The Beach Boys bring the legendary psychedelic masterpiece Pet Sounds to life. As always, Campbell and his cohorts managed to create unforgettable music without ever overshadowing the sound of the artists they were backing.Glen Campbell, “Rhinestone Cowboy”Campbell experienced a resurgence in popularity in the late seventies and early eighties, which included the insanely catchy “Rhinestone Cowboy.” The popularity of the song led to a nationwide country-music craze that saw mechanical bulls and cowboy hats fill bars across the nation. Frank Sinatra, “Strangers In the Night”Campbell would always refer to providing back-up for Frank Sinatra in the midst of his heyday as one of his greatest career highlights. Campbell’s work on “Strangers In The Night” was like all of his studio work—exactly what was needed, no more, no less.Glen Campbell, “Gentle On My Mind”From 1969 to 1972, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was a hit on the CBS network as part of their “rural” block of programming. Campbell’s cover of John Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind” served as the theme song throughout the show’s run and was etched into the mind of millions of regular viewers.Bob Dylan, “Mr. Tambourine Man”To help thicken out Bob Dylan’s take on “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Campbell was brought in to get the guitar sound perfected to compliment Dylan’s off-tone vocals. The result became one of pop’s most enduring songs.Glen Campbell, “Southern Nights”Glen Campbell scored one his biggest hits with an unlikely cover of Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights.” The song served as the title track for his 32nd record and helped Campbell score yet another top ten track.The Monkees, “I’m A Believer” As part of The Wrecking Crew, Campbell’s contribution to The Monkees caused a huge controversy when word that the band hadn’t played their own instruments broke. Check out the rock solid guitar work by Campbell on “I’m A Believer.”Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”Glen Campbell’s last single, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” was part of his Academy Award-nominated documentary I’ll Be Me. The track is a poignant final statement from this legendary artist, and though he lost the award, the song lives on forever.The Righteous Brothers, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”We thought that The Righteous Brothers and their classic hit “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” best summed up how we feel about Mr. Campbell’s passing. The world did indeed lose a little bit of love, but the joy Campbell created will be inspiring a loving feeling for generations to come.last_img read more

Dyche embraces Burnley popularity

first_img “I’m surprised but that’s the nature of the Premier League. It’s very tough to win. The next one comes and we’ll be ready for it for sure. We’re in good shape mentally and physically. “I think we’ve got complete freedom to go hard for the next 12 games and see where it takes us.” Burnley have no fresh injury worries. Matt Taylor is closing in on a return after making a slow recovery from Achilles surgery but is not yet ready for the matchday squad. Dean Marney and Kevin Long will both be out until next season after suffering cruciate ligament damage. Bafetimbi Gomis’ fortune in front of goal might just have changed for the better according to Swansea manager Garry Monk. Gomis has had a frustrating time since switching from Lyon last summer, first firmly cast in the role of understudy to Wilfried Bony and then finding goals hard to come by after the Ivory Coast striker completed his initial £25million January move to Manchester City. The 12-times capped France forward hardly endeared himself to the Swansea faithful as he appeared to agitate for his own January exit but Monk insisted that the 29-year-old was staying put at the Liberty Stadium. Gomis rewarded Monk’s faith with the winner against Manchester United last weekend and the Swansea boss was not bothered that the Frenchman’s second league goal was a complete fluke as he inadvertently deflected Jonjo Shelvey’s long-range shot past David de Gea. “You do need that little bit of luck sometimes, for that first one to go in and then you can go on a run,” Monk said. “You see all strikers doing it and hopefully this is his chance to do that. “Bafe could have scored a couple more – he had one cleared off the line against United and had a couple of chances in the previous game at West Brom. “But I’ve said before that Bafe’s working hard and he’s had some good chances to score those goals before, but unfortunately the luck wasn’t quite on his side.” Monk admits it has been a period of transformation for Swansea since Bony’s departure as the Ivorian was so central to their way of playing. But he says the squad has done a lot of work on training ground to attune themselves to Gomis’ style of play. “Obviously we are training more for the way that Bafe moves and the way he wants to receive the ball and, hopefully, we’ll see more of that in the next 12 games,” Monk said. “But Bafe will always be a threat, he’s a top player and the team are getting more used to the way that he plays. “All strikers want to score goals. That’s what they live and breathe for and they all want to go on runs.” Monk has no new injury concerns. His biggest dilemma is whether to revert back to his favoured 4-3-3 formation after switching to a midfield diamond for last week’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United. If Monk decides to do that then Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero could be recalled, with Nathan Dyer, who was omitted from the 18-man match-day squad against United, returning to the bench. Sean Dyche is feeling the love from fans of other clubs as he attempts to defy the odds and keep Burnley in the Premier League. If Dyche was in any way concerned Ashley Barnes’ controversial clash with Nemanja Matic at Stamford Bridge last weekend might harm Burnley’s appeal, he would have been reassured by a trip to the Etihad on Tuesday. He said: “I was at Manchester City the other night and there were loads of City fans coming up saying, ‘I hope you do it’. “There’s a story behind the story. Written off at the beginning of the season, written off after game 10, and I think there is a stiff-upper-lip mentality to that with British fans. “That underdog spirit and bulldog spirit, back in the day. I think it’s still there, it just needs igniting once in a while, and maybe people deem us to be part of that.” Burnley are back at Turf Moor this weekend, with Swansea the visitors fresh from their victory over Manchester United. The Clarets gave United a scare at Old Trafford earlier this month before slipping to a 3-1 loss and then fought back from a goal down to draw 1-1 at Stamford Bridge. Dyche admitted it has been hard to take that Burnley’s performances have not been rewarded with more points. He said: “Particularly the last few weeks, I think we’ve been operating at a very high level. And yet, we’ve got a couple of points out of three games. Press Association The Clarets have the smallest budget of any team in the top flight but go into the final 12 games of the season separated from safety only by goal difference. Burnley have covered more miles than any other team this season and matched the global superstars of Manchester City and Chelsea away from home with a squad consisting predominantly of British and Irish players. last_img read more