He did better songs. Some of them were truly beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. But to me, Glen Campbell will always be the Rhinestone Cowboy.
While he will always be best remembered (and rightly so) for his own, numerous hits, I think it’s important to note here that Glen Campbell was also once in the Wrecking Crew. L.A.’s answer to the Swampers at Muscle Shoals, the Wrecking Crew were a set of crack studio sidemen that played on just about every hit recorded out here in the 1960s. He was a consummate, versatile musician and singer. Upon being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago, Campbell embarked on a touring and recording spree to get as much of his extensive musical memory and talent down before he was robbed of it forever. Alzheimer’s robbed Campbell of himself, and it finally claimed his life today at 81.