Glen Campbell died last week at age 81. In San Francisco, we were focused on the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane, but in 1967, Campbell released his hit song, “Gentle on My Mind.”
Here he is singing that hit:
That hit song was followed by, “Wichita Lineman,” and it spent 15 weeks on Billboard’s Top 100 charts. Prior to being recognized as a star, you may be surprised to know that he was touring with the Beach Boys. From December 1964 to early March 1965, Campbell filled in for Brian Wilson.
Campbell went on to host his own TV show. He hosted the weekly, “Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” from 1969 to 1972. The Smothers brothers were his producers. And Campbell also produced an album of duets with someone who was also a star at the time. Bobbie Gentry released “Ode to Billie Joe” in 1967.
Here are the two stars singing, “Let it be me.”
Campbell talked publicly about his problems with alcoholism and his cocaine addiction. Once he got clean, he was planning his return to performing. In 2010, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Three of his eight children performed with him on his, “Goodbye Tour.” His final recording sessions were during 2012–13. He became a patient of a long-term care facility in 2014. His final album was released on June 9, 2017.
Bobbie Gentry retired from show business in 1981. She is 73 years old and lives in a gated community in Tennessee.