I can’t say that I’ve ever been a big fan of Glen Campbell’s style of country-pop — I own a few of his records, though I never find myself popping them on — but I heard this song on Netflix’s new(ish) show, Derek, a few days ago and enjoyed it enough to search it out. At the time, I had no idea it was one of Campbell’s tunes and I was pretty surprised when I found out.
The song seems to be a look back on his life, but sung with a lament for the memories he will soon no longer have to remember. It’s definitely not an uplifting number, that’s for sure.
At the time this was recorded, Campbell was already suffering from the awful disease of the mind, Alzheimer’s. He was diagnosed back in 2011 and continued to tour, but ultimately, in mid-April of this year he was moved to an Alzheimer’s treatment facility.
It isn’t accurate to call Glen Campbell “pure country,” but his smooth fusion of country mannerisms and pop melodies and production techniques made him one of the most popular country musicians of the late ’60s and ’70s. Campbellwas one of the leading figures of country-pop during that era, racking up a steady stream of Top Ten singles, highlighted by classics like “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “I Wanna Live,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and “Southern Nights.” Boasting Campbell‘s smooth vocals and layered arrangements, where steel guitars bounced off sweeping strings, those songs not only became country hits, they crossed over to the pop charts as well, which was appropriate, since that is where he began his musical career. Originally, he was a Los Angeles session musician, playing on hits by the Monkees, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Merle Haggard. By the end of the ’60s, he had become a successful solo artist, and that success would not abate until the late ’80s, when he stopped having radio hits and began concentrating on live performances at his theater in Branson…[read more]