Glen Campbell dies after public fight with Alzheimer’s Disease

220px-Glen_Campbell_1967GLEN CAMPBELL, 81, on August 8 in Nashville, TN after a lengthy and public battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Originally from Delight, Arkansas, he was a top-level studio guitarist who never learned to read music, a songwriter, chart-topping singer, TV host, and actor.

During his 50 years in show business, he released more than 70 albums, sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 gold albums, four platinum, and one double-platinum. He had 21 Top-40 hits and made history in 1967 by winning four Grammys in the country and pop categories. His most memorable tunes were “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Southern Nights.”

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Lew Shaw started writing about music as the publicist for the famous Berkshire Music Barn in the 1960s. He joined the West Coast Rag almost thirty years ago and has been a guiding light to this paper through the two name changes since then as we became The Syncopated Times.  47 of his profiles are collected in Jazz Beat: Notes on Classic Jazz. Volume two, containing profiles from 2013-2016 will be available on Amazon soon. He taps his extensive network of connections and friends throughout the traditional jazz world to bring us his Jazz Jottings column every month.

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