Glen Campbell - "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"
For those who don't know, we lost Glen Campbell last week. He was an old school country legend, a man who could play a guitar like no one else and someone who traversed the tricky terrain of country music as it made it's way from 'Country & Western' into 'Country Pop & Mainstream'.
During his 50 years in show business, Campbell released more than 70 albums. He sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album. He placed a total of 80 different songs on either the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot 100, or Adult Contemporary Chart, of which 29 made the top 10 and of which nine reached number one on at least one of those charts. Among Campbell's hits are "Universal Soldier", his first hit from 1965, along with "Gentle on My Mind", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman", "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife", "Galveston", "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights".
Campbell made history in 1967 by winning four Grammys in the country and pop categories. For "Gentle on My Mind", he received two awards in country and western; "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" did the same in pop. Three of his early hits later won Grammy Hall of Fame Awards (2000, 2004, 2008), while Campbell himself won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He owned trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and took the CMA's top award as 1968 Entertainer of the Year. Campbell appeared in a supporting role in the film True Grit (1969), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Campbell also sang the title song, which was nominated for an Academy Award.
He was a very rare kind of performer, and he will be missed. Although his last song, detailing his battle with Alzheimers and the love of his wife, explains exactly why he won't miss us.
So, today with gratitude and acceptance, I choose Glenn Campbell's "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" as my, with every step I take, memories like a silver stream, hold on to what you can, song for a, break open the good wine, live like there's no tomorrow, open up and let the sun shine in, Thursday.
I'm also giving you his seminal standout hit, "Gentle On My Mind"