GLEN CAMPBELL, the sweet-voiced, guitar-picking son of a sharecropper who became a recording, television and movie star in the 1960s and ’70s, waged a publicized battle with alcohol and drugs and gave his last performances while in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, died on Tuesday in Nashville. He was 81. He should be best-known for the string of 60s hits he recorded of Jimmy Webb's songs -- “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Galveston” (which may play better at its intended tempo) -- but for all I know, he's better known for his 70s hits, “Southern Nights” and "Rhinestone Cowboy," the latter being his biggest hit on the pop and country charts. As much as I love those Webb tunes, I still am fond of his early try at solo success, "Guess I'm Dumb," which was co-written and produced by Brian Wilson as a thank you for filling in for him on the Beach Boys tour that precipitated Wilson's first mental breakdown. And I say "early try at solo success" because Campbell was by that time a top session musician, playing for the Champs, Super Stocks, Hondells, and Rip Chords, not to mention that he was part of the legendary Wrecking Crew that backed Sinatra, Wlvis, and all those Phil Spector-produced hits. Here's a 2011 interview with Campbell talking about his penultimate LP.
OTHERWISE, it's a slow enough "news" day, outside the US war of words with North Korea. So I'll let Campbell have the spotlight and come back tomorrow with the usual stuff.