In honor of the passing of a country music legend, our Throwback Thursday song today is Glen Campbell’s “Galveston.” Written by Jimmy Webb and released in 1969, this massive hit went to No. 1 on the country music charts. The song was originally sung by Don Ho, who introduced Glen Campbell to it when he appeared as a guest on Campbell’s “Goodtime Hour.” According to Jimmy Webb, the song was about a soldier, during the Vietnam War, finding himself in a situation he didn’t want to be in, rather than a protest song.
Following his early 2011 Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Campbell embarked on a final “Goodbye Tour,” with three of his children joining him in his backup band. His final show was on November 30, 2012, in Napa, California. After the end of the tour, Campbell entered the studio in Nashville to record what would be his final album, ‘Adios’ which was released on June 9th. According to his wife, Kim Campbell, he wanted to preserve “what magic was left”, in what would be his final recordings. In January 2013, Campbell recorded his final song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”
I hope you’ll take a minute to remember Glen Campbell and anyone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and then check in next week for another great Throwback song. Thank you, Glen, for what you have given to so many, you will be missed, but your memory will remain.