Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

The important role casinos played in the life of Glen Campbell

The important role casinos played in the life of Glen Campbell

A TV movie documentary called Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy featured Campbell's music and his life.

On Tuesday, August 8th 2017, legendary entertainment figure Glen Campbell passed on at 81, after a long and very public battle with Alzheimer's disease. Three of his children sing on the album, which was released earlier this summer. Glen was laid to rest on Wednesday in a private ceremony in his hometown of Delight, Ark.

As his disease progressed, he couldn't recognize longtime friends and loved ones and could hardly recall why he came into the room, but he could still remember old songs and guitar riffs. He joined the Wrecking Crew and had successful music career until his demise. His performances of songs, like Gentle On My Mind, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston andRhinestone Cowboy, will endure as classic examples of Glen Campbell musical contributions.

His performance of the title song from the 1969 film "True Grit", in which he played a Texas Ranger alongside Oscar victor John Wayne, received an Academy Award nomination. No cause of death was given, but Campbell announced in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. At the time, Tucker was in her early twenties, while Campbell was in his early forties.

Campbell was a member of the Wrecking Crew, a group of ultra talented studio musicians who played on tons of records in the 1960s and 70s. He toured with the Champs of "Tequila" fame. If producers were looking for great musical hooks, and near ideal playing, they'd hire the Wrecking Crew.

As his official website maintains, his music not only "connected with Americans making the physical and cultural transition from a rural agrarian society to a modern urban one", but "also brought that love for the genre to new fans, who embraced it and helped move what was once a regional sound into the pop cultural conversation, sparking an interest in all things rural to an adoring worldwide audience". There were some ups and downs and, of course, all the downs were played out in the press. I really enjoyed that.

"I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be", Ashley posted.

"I'm just devastated. Absolutely devastated".

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