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June 11, 2017

Glen Campbell Releases His Final Album [Warden]

In 2012 country legend, Glen Campbell, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. What he did with this tragic news is give his fans a parting gift--first a tour, then a final record album entitled Adios.

That album was released on Friday. Glen Campbell, sadly, is in such a state of declining health that he is no longer able to speak.

Campbell will always hold a special place in my heart. My mother owned his greatest hits album. It was that record, along with a half dozen others, that marked my first love of music during my early childhood.

I used to spin our small family music collection for hours, lying flat on my stomach on the carpeted living room floor in front of wood framed speakers listening to John Denver, Simon and Garfunkle, Kenny Rogers and Glen Campbell. Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy was my favorite. I would play that song incessantly, picking up the needle as soon as the song ended and dropping it back to where I hoped was the beginning.

When I hit my rebellious middle school years, I made a hard turn into metal--Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and the like. I dropped the music of my parents and forgot about it for the next decade. It wasn't until adulthood until i learned what an extraordinary guitar player Campbell was, his work with the Wrecking Crew, and his pitch perfect voice.

Glen Campbell was an amazing talent. Below are some videos demonstrating his smooth vocals and killer guitar solos. I particularly like his showmanship in performing Dueling Banjos. Campbell truly belongs to a lost golden age.

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