He was known as the “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and described by one author as the upbeat guitarist from Delight, Arkansas, whose smooth vocals and down-home manner made him a mainstay of music and television for decades.”  Yesterday, beloved singer Glen Campbell passed away, and he was 81 years old. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell … following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease,” a Facebook statement said.

Even before he was a singing sensation, Campbell was a highly in-demand session guitarists, “known for his astonishing speed and his brilliant ear.”  Being a musical #9 FCAR Brain Type, this comes as no surprise. In his own words about his growing up years, Music was my world before they started putting a label on it. We had a five-day-a-week radio show, six, seven years. You use up a lot of material doing that. We did everything from country to pop, when rock came along.”  Also not surprising is the fact that Glen scarcely read music, but rather went by feel. “Glen Campbell didn’t really read music. He could look at charts and get a sense of what was going on, but everything he did was by ear, said a former drummer.

The 60s were full of war and turmoil, of course, and the “pied piper” #9 Campbell at the time was criticized for his clean-cut image and lighthearted attitude. To him, however that was OK. “If I can just make a 40-year-old housewife put down her dish towel and say ‘Oh!’ — why then, man, I’ve got it made,’ “ he told Time magazine. Did you also know Campbell starred alongside John Wayne (#5 FEIR) in the original 1969 film ‘True Grit’? He was a true Ren-aissance man.

Although #9s can tend to let mistakes and failures get them down, Campbell learned to deal with them. In his later years he began to forget lyrics, and found himself suddenly unfamiliar with chord changes. That didn’t stop him, however. He stated plainly to one reporter, “I am content with it. Don’t cry over spilt milk. Get up and be a man and do what you have got to do.”

Great advice for any Brain Type, especially the FCAR. Thanks for the warm memories, Glen.

Written by: Staff
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