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Singer Susanís tribute to Rhinestone Cowboy star

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Singer Susanís tribute to Rhinestone Cowboy star thumbnailGlen Campbell

THE death of perhaps the greatest country music star the world has ever seen, has prompted a heartfelt tribute from Susan McCann.

Glen Campbell, who will be forever remembered for hits such as Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, Southern Nights, Gentle On My Mind and By The Time I Get To Phoenix passed away last Tuesday, aged 81 following a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Susan shared a stage with Campbell back in the day, and recalled his musicianship and his sense of fun.

"I worked with him at the Silk Cut Country music festival, which used to be held at Wembley Stadium in London," said Susan.

"He also came to Belfast, to the Kings Hall for a weekend.

"I didn't know him personally but the night he was on at the festival in the Kings Hall with me, when The Rhinestone Cowboy was huge at the time, he was, of course, encored to come back on.

"And he came out playing the bagpipes, he played Mull of Kintyre! He was just brilliant.

"He was a class musician, he really was. He was multi-talented. He did a lot of session work. I think he worked on albums of Elvis Presley as a session musician. He was a really talented man."

Campbell had an unforgettable and instantly recognisable voice, which could never be mistaken for anyone else. "Unique" is how Susan described it.

"You would know Glen Campbell singing - the minute you would hear him, you would know it was Glen Campbell," said Susan.

The Forkhill country star also commended the late singer for the manner in which he handled his illness.

"He was very open about having the dementia," she said.

"He went around and did a tour when he knew that he had it. He brought it very much to the forefront, what dementia was.

"I didn't know this until I was looking at the news this morning - he released an album just about a year ago that he made whilst he knew he had the illness.

"Imagine. That's some achievement for any person."

On whether Campbell was indeed the greatest country star of all time, Susan was quite emphatic.

"He would be, because he was so talented," she insisted.

"He had major hits. A lot of the old country singers will be remembered for one particular song. He had so many hit songs.

"He was just a wonder man, I think. I just loved his voice, loved his voice."

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