Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Death has been very busy........

Yesterday, we referenced the passing of Bronco star Ty Hardin, but he wasn't the only one we lost over the weekend.

Baseball Hall of Famer Don Baylor, whose playing career was entirely in the American League (Yankees, Oakland, Baltimore, Boston, Minnesota, California), and managerial career in the National League (Chicago, Colorado), passed away at 68. Darren Daulton, who played on some talented Philadelphia Phillies teams but never won a championship, left us as well at 55. Baylor's passing, in particular, came a week after the Hall inducted its 2017 class.

And, then, there is Glen Campbell.

The pop-country icon lost his battle with Alzheimer's Disease earlier today at 81. Campbell, who fronted his own variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, in the late 60's and early 70's, and starred with John Wayne & Kim Darby in the original "True Grit", had been a session player, part of the legendary "Wrecking Crew" with Leon Russell, among others, and played with the Beach Boys before finding solo success with hits like "Galveston", "Gentle on My Mind", "Wichita Lineman", "Try a Little Kindness", "Where's The Playground Susie", "Ghost on the Canvas", and, in 1977, he topped the pop & adult contemporary charts with his cover of Allen Toussaint's "Southern Nights".

Following is a performance of "Southern Nights" from The Midnight Special:

I regret I never saw Campbell in concert, but he leaves behind a fabulous legacy.

Rest in peace, one and all.

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