This week it’s a tribute to Glen Campbell who died of Alzheimers on August 8th, aged 81.
One of the true greats of popular music, Campbell was a singer, guitarist, songwriter and TV presenter. He crossed the music divide and was highly regarded by people in the music business in other musical genres; rock legend Alice Cooper was one of his close friends.
During his 50 years in show business, Campbell released more than 70 albums, sold over 45 million records and received numerous awards. His partnership with songwriter Jimmy Webb produced some classic songs such as “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and “Honey Come Back”.
He made history in 1967 by winning four Grammys in the country and pop categories. Three of his songs were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame (“Wichita Lineman” in 2000, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” in 2004 & “Gentle On My Mind” in 2008), while Campbell himself won the Grammy Lifetime achievement award in 2012.
In the UK he had top forty singles including five top tens.
These are well known hits of his but are also my favourites. Wichita Lineman in particular is one of my all time favourite songs.
RIP Glen Campbell.
“Wichita Lineman” reached number 7 in 1969. Should have been number 1.
(Uploaded to YouTube by 2old2Rock)
“Rhinestone Cowboy” reached number 4 in 1975.
(Uploaded to YouTube by GlenCampbellVEVO)
Another week and I’m paying tribute to another great musician who has passed away.
Sadly it is Glenn Frey who has died at the age of 67. Frey was co-founder of American band The Eagles who had loads of hits in the soft rock and country style, many of which won or were nominated for Grammys.
Their most famous songs were Hotel California, Lyin’ Eyes, One of These Nights, Take It Easy, Take It To The Limit, Desperado, New Kid In Town.
Frey founded the group with Don Henley and shared writing credits and vocals on most songs.
Frey also had a successful solo career with hits such as The Heat Is On and You Belong To The City.
Frey said in 2003 that One of These Nights was his favourite Eagles tune calling it a breakthrough song. He co-wrote the song with Don Henley who sang the lead vocals on the song.
This song is my favourite Eagles song too. The album of the same name, which this is the opening track on, was the first non-compilation album I ever bought at the tender age of 15 (yep, on good old vinyl!) I am a sucker for great intros and this does not disappoint …
One of These Nights 1975
(Uploaded to Youtube by Bugsy McBugs)
Here is a more country style track showing off Frey’s lovely vocals.
Tequila Sunrise 1973
(Uploaded to Youtube by MrUnder99’s channel)
Here are The Eagles performing New Kid In Town live in 1977 with Frey on lead vocals and guitar and his co-writer Don Henley on vocals and drums. The other Eagles are Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Randy Meisner. They won a Grammy in 1977 for best arrangement of voices for this track.
(Uploaded to Youtube by Randy Meisner – Meisnettes)
RIP Glenn Frey.