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Friday and Saturday To-Do: Glen Campbell

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Glen Campbell plays Walton Arts Center Friday and Saturday.
  • Glen Campbell plays Walton Arts Center Friday and Saturday.

8 p.m. Walton Arts Center. $43-$79.

Glen Campbell might be mostly remembered for "Rhinestone Cowboy," but as I've noted in the pages of the Times before, his CV is staggering: He sold more than 45 million records; he hosted his own TV variety show (the second Arkansas native to do so — Johnny Cash, of course, was the other one); he was a member of the vaunted studio wizards known as The Wrecking Crew, alongside legends like Hal Blaine, Dr. John, Jack Nitzsche, Leon Russell and many more; he won five Grammys in 1968 alone; he was hand-picked by John Wayne to star in the original film version of "True Grit" (and also "Norwood," another film based on a Charles Portis novel), and filled in for Brian Wilson on tour with The Beach Boys (and recorded the 1965 single "Guess I'm Dumb," a sublime pop nugget written and produced by Wilson).

It's gonna be hard not to think about Levon Helm now when considering Campbell — another small-town Arkansas boy who lit out for the territories, finding fame and fortune as a musician (and sometimes as an actor). Campbell last year made his Alzheimer's diagnosis public, announcing that he'd be going on tour one last time. So folks, these shows will most likely be your last opportunity to see one of Arkansas's musical legends play live.

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