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Ever Smilin', Ever Gentle on My Mind: R.I.P Glen Campbell

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Glen CampbellOn Tuesday, August 8, 2017 Glen Campbell passed away in Nashville after a six-year battle with Alzheimer's. He was born in 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas. The country singer became a star in the late 1960s and was ultimately a very successful crossover artist; his longtime friend and frequent collaborator Jimmy Webb wrote, "Let the world note that a great American influence on pop music, the American Beatle, the secret link between so many artists and records that we can only marvel, has passed and cannot be replaced."  

Campbell was an inspiration to many: Kacey Musgraves, Brian Wilson, Lenny Kravitz, and Paul Stanley--to name a few. And he was so much more than a singer. He was a musician that provided accompaniment for a host of famous artists, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and Elvis Presley. He wrote an autobiography, appropriately titled Rhinestone Cowboy. From 1969 to 1972 he had his own variety series, “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour”. He appeared in the original True Grit. The effects of Alzheimer's on first his memory, and later his talent, were culminated in the 2014 documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be MeHe was, and will remain, a legend. 

Flowers have blooms / The ocean has waves / The sky has clouds / People have babes
I want to live / Till I get old / I want to watch all of this grow / I want to live, live and let live