He may have been the Rhinestone Cowboy...but, to me, he was the Wichita Lineman.
The insanely talented Glen Campbell departed terra firma earlier this week after fighting through Alzheimer's. His amazing performances in 2011, in the midst of that insidious disease, produced goosebumps.
An accomplished session player that appeared on recordings from artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra and the Beach Boys, it was when he connected with songwriter Jimmy Webb that the world discovered this rare talent.
So it was with Jimmy and Glen. Campbell heard a version of Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" by Johnny Rivers and heard it differently. And, then...there was the haunting "Wichita Lineman." And a succession of albums that rarely didn't include a Jimmy Webb composition.
With Jimmy's sensational lyric: "I need you more than want you. And I want you for all time."