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.
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“Rhinestone Cowboy” reached number 4 in 1975.
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Last week I paid tribute to George Michael who died on Christmas Day, but this week I want to remember Rick Parfitt OBE who died aged 68 on Christmas Eve. He was rhythm guitarist for rock legends Status Quo who are one of the most successful bands of all time in the UK, having released over 100 singles and spent 415 weeks on the chart. They also have the most appearances on Top of the Pops (106)! As well as massive chart success it was their live performances which made “the Quo” beloved by their fans. In their 48 year history, it is estimated that they have played over 6000 live shows to a total audience in excess of 25 million people. In doing so, the band has travelled some four million miles. They also famously opened “Live Aid” in 1985 with “Rockin’ All Over The World”
A very talented musician and rock god.
”Whatever You Want” from 1979
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“What You’re Proposin’ ” from 1980
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“Two Way Traffic” from 2011
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This has been a year of many celebrity deaths and as Christmas Day arrived we probably thought 2016 might take a rest, but no, it took George Michael on Christmas Day of all days. “Last Christmas” is one of the nation’s favourite Christmas songs and now will be forever tinged with sadness. George is an 80s legend and music icon, and in my view has one of the best voices this country has ever produced and a very talented songwriter. Being taken aged just 53 is just so sad. A true superstar, he will be sorely missed.
Here are four songs which I love and are just the tip of the iceberg of his talent. RIP George.
Fabulous duet showing off his beautiful voice.
“This Is Not Real Love” with Mutya Buena (ex Sugababes) reached 15 in 2006.
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“Amazing”, a feel good pop song, reached number 4 in 2004
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“Everything She Wants” which is my favourite Wham! song and was originally a double A side with “Last Christmas”. Reached number 2 in 1984.
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I just had to include this one! Probably his most famous hit. Number 1 for three weeks in 1984.
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2016 continues resumes its ruthless felling of celebrity talents at an early age.
This week is a tribute to comedian and writer Caroline Aherne who died of cancer this week aged just 52.
The first is the theme from BBC sitcom “The Royle Family” which she co-wrote, co-directed and starred in.
“Half The World Away” by Oasis
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The second is the theme to Channel 4’s reality show “Gogglebox” which Caroline narrated.
“Perfect World” by Kodaline
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