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

You can help Binghamton’s art district by taking a survey

first_imgOn Oct. 29, the city will hold a public meeting on the project on Zoom. Results from the survey will be directed toward improving the Downtown Entertainment and Cultural Organizations District. The survey asks people about what downtown art elements they enjoy and what can be done to get more people to the arts district. Anyone who wishes to participate in the survey has until Oct. 26. You can take the survey by clicking here.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — On Wednesday, Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced an online survey to get the public’s input on planned streetscape and aesthetic upgrades to the city’s arts district. In 2018, the city says it received a $1.7 million state grant for the creation of a unified arts and culture district for parts of Water, Washington, State, Henry and Lewis streets.last_img read more

Atlantis gazes to France as tidal loses out government subsidies in UK

first_imgThe competition for the UK government’s subsidy contracts has seen tidal energy projects lose out to those of more established offshore wind, prompting one of the leaders in the tidal energy industry, Atlantis Resources, to question UK government’s intention to capitalize on its vast tidal energy resources.Even though the company had forecast a two-thirds reduction in the level of revenue support required for Phase 1C, which was in a competition for the second UK’s Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round, versus that enjoyed by the initial phase of MeyGen, the project was still left without the CfD in this phase.The Edinburgh-based tidal energy developer said the significant cost reduction was not sufficient to allow the project to secure a CfD as it was competing with established technologies such as offshore wind.The MeyGen project was competing directly with more commercially-ready renewables, rather than within a sub-category of earlier stage marine renewables, due to removal of the previously pledged ring-fenced allocation, enacted by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in November 2016.The move caused Atlantis to shift focus to developing marine power projects in other jurisdictions, including near-term plans for delivering projects in France, Canada and South East Asia where tidal stream is well supported, according to the company.Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis, said: “It would be a travesty if the UK were to lose out on another emerging industry where it has established a first-mover advantage and where the cost of energy is on a steep downward trajectory. We expect our ensuing discussions with BEIS to focus on how the future jobs and growth benefits of the sector can be secured for the UK.“We’ve made great strides in reducing our cost of generation so that we can slash our requirement for revenue support, and I am incredibly proud of the work the Atlantis team has done in this respect.“However, I must acknowledge the difficulties of competing on a level playing field with established technologies like offshore wind, which has been operating at commercial scale in the UK for over a decade.“Elsewhere in Europe, we are being kept very busy pursuing opportunities in France and Canada, both of which have pledged capital and revenue support for tidal stream power.”Atlantis is in discussions with French authorities about establishing a multi-turbine array in French territorial waters which could commence construction in 2018.It has a 50% stake in a 4.5MW berth in Canada at the FORCE facility in Nova Scotia and will soon be in a position release updates to the markets on contracts and project development rights in Indonesia, China and South Korea, the company added.In the UK, Phase 1C of MeyGen is designed to provide nearly 240GWh of clean and predictable electricity to the grid each year from 2023, with the total generating capacity of the MeyGen project set around 400GW.Atlantis noted that the Phase 1B of the project, which involves adding additional 6MW to MeyGen, did not participate in the auction because it had been awarded funding support from European Commission mechanisms such as NER300 and Horizon 2020.Also, Atlantis has been awarded preferred developer status by the Duchy of Lancaster for the 160MW Wyre estuary tidal range and flood protection project.Commenting on the CfD2 allocation results, the Chief of RenewableUK, the country’s trade association for tidal, wave, and offshore wind, Hugh McNeal, said: “It’s great to see these excellent results for offshore wind. It’s important that innovative renewable technologies, including wave energy and tidal energy projects also have a route to market, so different mechanisms are needed to ensure these cutting-edge technologies can develop.“Tidal energy projects are already showing cost reductions and with the right encouragement can undergo the same sort of journey as offshore wind.” MeyGen tidal turbine deployment (Photo: Atlantis Resources)last_img read more