Flashback: “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell

On Tuesday, country and pop singer Glen Campbell passed away at the age of 81. His last years as a performer were well chronicled in a documentary, where Glen was shown fighting the memory loss that came with Alzheimer's disease, the illness I know of from it claiming my maternal grandfather in 1985 and grandmother in 1994.

Glen had two songs, this and "Southern Nights" two years later, that would top both the Top 40 and country charts. He was one of scores of artists from that era that were successful in both realms, so I guess there wasn't a lot of difference between the two types of music as consumers saw it back then.

He also acted in several movies and TV shows, including appearing with John Wayne in the 1969 film True Grit where Wayne plays a marshal named Rooster Cogburn in the first of two appearances in that role, the later coming in 1975. There's that year again.

When I mentioned his passing on my Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, it was mentioned that "Rhinestone Cowboy" was the first song one of my friends had remembered. I can still see the 45 my parents copy of the song, spinning on a record player with the red Capitol record label. And as long as I can remember that, he won't be forgotten.

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