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In Memory of Glen Campbell, JD Cannon Reflects on His Passing

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Just had to add my two cents to the great loss that music suffered on Tuesday. Five time Grammy winner Glen Campbell had died.

Back in 2011 he told us he had Alzheimer's and was very open about what the disease was putting him through, we knew this day would come but it still hurts, doesn't it?

My first memories of Glen were of his TV show from '69-'72. The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was the summer replacement for the Smothers Brothers and was viewed by over 50 million people. I still recall John Hartford sitting on the steps of the set playing banjo for "Gentle On My Mind." Although the song never reached number one, it was Glen's theme song, well, until "Rhinestone Cowboy" came along. Still a couple of my favorites to this day.

I never had the honor of meeting Glen, or even seeing his live show, and truly feel like I have missed something. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2005 and sold over 45 million albums in his career. I can't believe I missed him.

What's your favorite Glen Campbell memory? The interesting relationship with Tanya Tucker? Did you know that's his guitar work on Elvis' song "Viva Las Vegas"? He did session work for The Monkees, Frank Sinatra, and of course the Beach Boys. He always said he was wasn't a country singer, just a country boy who sang. I'm going to watch "True Grit" tonight and remember Glen Campbell.

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