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Posted by: txrancher ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 12:09AM

Very respectful, kind, and nostalgic. Thanks--

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 12:33AM

He was a year younger than Elvis.

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Posted by: kathleen ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 01:58AM

Steve--your cartoon is visually beautiful and haunting--every bit as haunting as the song, "Wichita Lineman!" I generally don't cry on hearing of a celebrity's passing; but, your drawing made me cry over Glen Campbell's death.

Thank you for sharing with us!

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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: August 11, 2017 12:58AM

IMO, it hands down beats "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"--even though I live in the Phx metro area and Glen lived in Phx for 20 years.



Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 08/11/2017 01:08AM by steve benson.

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Posted by: scmd ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 02:27AM

Great song, and wonderful cartoon!

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Posted by: frankie ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 03:10AM

the Mormons might dead dunk any minute now, he's not even buried yet

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Posted by: mrtranquility ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 09:43AM

Great cartoon!

His major hits were written by Jimmy Webb: "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman", and "Galveston". That was such a great collaboration. Webb is an amazing songwriter.

Another cover on Campbell's "Wichita Lineman" album is "Dock of the Bay" which my older sister must have played a million times growing up. I thought that that was the definitive version of "Dock of the Bay", so when I finally heard the Otis Redding version I thought it was okay, but not as good as the original version. My tastes have changed since then and I think I prefer the Redding version now, but, man oh man, we practically wore GC's albums out in the late 60s and early 70s. I still lean in every time I hear "Wichita Lineman" or "Phoenix".

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Posted by: Anon33 ( )
Date: August 13, 2017 09:54AM

This thread sent me down a Glen Campbell rabbit hole.
I always felt Galveston was a more effective protest song than the usual strident anti-war songs of the era.
Today I found that it was originally recorded by Don Ho (!), and Jimmy Webb's original lyrics were not what Glen Campbell later recorded. Per Wikipedia:
"the song describes a soldier waiting to go into battle who thinks of the woman he loves and his hometown of Galveston, Texas. The song was originally sung by Don Ho, who introduced Glen Campbell to it when he appeared as a guest on Campbell's Goodtime Hour, and the second verse was originally transcribed:
"Wonder if she could forget me
"I'd go home if they would let me
"Put down this gun
"And go to Galveston."[7]
However, in Campbell's version, this was changed to read:
"I still hear your sea waves crashing
"While I watch the cannons flashing
"I clean my gun
"And dream of Galveston."[8]

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Posted by: summer ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 09:48AM

I loved "Wichita Lineman." Nice one, Steve.

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Posted by: burnedatthestake ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 09:54AM

Thank you for the wonderful tribute!

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Posted by: Done & Done ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 10:04AM

One of your best. Very touching. Used to love Wichita Lineman at five in the morning on my way to work at the Defense Depot in Ogden. It was haunting.

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Posted by: Kaitlyn ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 10:59AM

I am still south of 30 so I wasn't around when it was popular, but that song, Wichita Lineman, really speaks to my soul. You don't get much of that with modern music.

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Posted by: cynful ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 11:44AM

Love your beautiful tribute Steve... thank you. :-)

Wichita Lineman and Gentle On My Mind are my two very favorite Glen Camppbell songs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJBvdEBpHE8

Wow... fabulous version of Gentle On My Mind... LOVE Glen's guitar break in this one!!! Look at the expressions on ALL his friends' faces (including Roy Clark, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Crystal Gayle, just to name a few), as he proceeds to, as he says, "I'll play one...":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETkzK9pXMio



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 08/10/2017 12:00PM by cynful.

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Posted by: pollythinks ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 11:51AM

Lovely.
Thanks.

P, ;(

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Posted by: esias ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 11:53AM

Still riding. Still on the line.

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Posted by: cinda ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 11:55AM

Perfect tribute. Surely, you haven't/won't receive any 'hate mail' over this one!

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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: August 11, 2017 01:06AM


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Posted by: SusieQ#1 ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 03:12PM

May I share it? It's perfect!

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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: August 11, 2017 01:02AM


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Posted by: saviorself ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 07:43PM

Nice video of Glen Campbell singing "Wichita Lineman"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjzTNWWO7U0

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Posted by: GNPE ( )
Date: August 10, 2017 10:44PM

A song most all electricians of my era have a special memory of;

Rest in Peace, Glen

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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: August 11, 2017 01:04AM


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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: August 11, 2017 01:05AM


Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/11/2017 01:07AM by steve benson.

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Posted by: catnip ( )
Date: August 11, 2017 01:13AM

And with a guy battin' in your league, that's saying something.

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Posted by: memikeyounot ( )
Date: August 11, 2017 08:25AM

I finally watched last night on Netflix the movie "The Wrecking Crew" which talks about the "crew" of musicians who played on a majority of rock music tracks in the 60's and into the 70's.

In Glen Campbell's early career, he spent lots of time playing lead guitar on many of these sessions, before he ever started making albums of his own.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185418/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

It was produced by Denny Tedesco, whose dad, Tommy Tedesco was a mainstay of the wrecking crew years and is kind of the focus of the movie. But he interviews lots of musicians, including Glen Campbell, about how much time the spent in these sessions.

Did you know that Glen Campbell played on Frank Sinatra's "Strangers In the Night"? and for anyone in my age range, that was a huge song for Frank, after a few years of kind of being off the charts.

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Posted by: Aquarius123 ( )
Date: August 11, 2017 08:28AM

That could not have been more beautiful! Thanks!

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Posted by: Shummy ( )
Date: August 11, 2017 09:03AM

Gentle On My Mind is the best of the best imo, penned by the late great Mr Johnnie Hartford.

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Posted by: Anon33 ( )
Date: August 13, 2017 11:25AM

I developed a long crush John Hartford when he and Glen sang "Gentle on My Mind" on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. According to the you tube clip it was March of 1968. I have a vivid memory of sprawling on the living room floor, listening to my parents disagree with the brothers' political views. When that song started everyone stopped what they were doing and sat there silently transfixed. The song hadn't yet received wide airplay where we lived but it later became the rare song of that era that parents and kids all loved. That appearance on the Smothers Brothers had a semi-transparent arty movie images running intermittently over the musician shots, which was a big deal and caused a lot of comment at the time. A precursor to music videos, I suppose.
I knew we'd lost John Hartford but your post prompted me to check what he'd done in his later years. What a renaissance man!
Incredible musician and also a river pilot. It was so touching to read that they named a river navigation point after him.

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Posted by: knotheadusc ( )
Date: August 11, 2017 11:17AM

One of my favorite Glen Campbell songs is an instrumental... Campbell plays bagpipes on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TCjfLEJvQw

It's called "Grafhaidh Me Thu". He also recorded a version with words called "I'm Gonna Love You".

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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: August 12, 2017 01:00AM


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Posted by: Soft Machine ( )
Date: August 13, 2017 01:41PM

I once played keyboards in a band including a multi-instrumentalist who played bagpipes. They are EXTREMELY loud and we played in a small room...

I couldn't hear what I was playing even even after turning my amp up to 11.
Never forget, they're designed to be heard in the wind and rain of the foggy glen ;-+)

Playing them is an impressive feat, nevertheless.

Tom in Paris



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Posted by: knotheadusc ( )
Date: August 13, 2017 01:43PM

We had a piper at our wedding. He played for us in his office at VMI before we hired him... practically blew us out of the room.

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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: August 13, 2017 09:12PM

But I digress.



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Posted by: Sonflower ( )
Date: August 11, 2017 10:10PM

Thank you Steve for this beautiful tribute. I think you nailed it. I just printed it to frame and hang with a picture I took of Glen when I saw him in concert in '79.

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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: August 12, 2017 01:03AM

If you email me at my work addy, steve.benson@arizonarepublic.com , I can send you a good digital print, no charge. :)



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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: August 12, 2017 01:12AM

not only about the cartoon but, most of all, about Glen Campbell.

He was something else.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GUBhE00h9U0#

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jrtWZiguvuY

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4qoymGCDYzU#



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Posted by: cl2 ( )
Date: August 12, 2017 11:32AM

not just of Glen Campbell's, of all songs.

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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: August 12, 2017 09:51PM


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Date: August 12, 2017 11:37PM


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Posted by: Kentucky Crimson ( )
Date: August 13, 2017 02:51AM

I love Glen Campbell and his music. I'm happy he's no longer in pain, but saddened he's left us. RIP and Godspeed, Glen!

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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: August 13, 2017 09:17PM

This is about Glen Campbell, not you.

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Posted by: Shummy ( )
Date: August 13, 2017 11:49AM

Yeah, the Smothers certainly had a plethora of talent.....Mason Williams comes to mind.

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Posted by: Contented Freethinker ( )
Date: August 13, 2017 11:11PM

Thank you Steve for a lovely tribute to Glen Campbell. His music was a pleasant part of my childhood, his melodies often replaying themselves in my mind after I heard them on the radio. Your drawing will remain for me a fitting memorial at his passing. It reminds me of the tribute you drew for Jim Henson, as he walked into the sunset, his characters waving farewell. That one remains etched in my memory from years ago recalling the delight he gave me as a child.

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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: August 13, 2017 11:21PM

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3bwvuXohhPk#

And also by his studio side aas fellow cast members:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mU7JHvNsSpQ#



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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: August 14, 2017 12:59AM


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