Songwriter Chris Gantry Remembers Glen Campbell: 'He Used Every Bit of his God Given Gift'
Fellow songwriter Josh Osborne also paid tribute.
Chris Gantry, the legendary Nashville songwriter who penned "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife," one of Glen Campbell's biggest hits, paid homage to his friend and collaborator on Tuesday (Aug. 8), hours after the singer-guitarist died at age 81 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. The song was the first single from Campbell's classic 1968 album Wichita Lineman, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Gantry remembers Campbell as someone with "the amazing ability to strafe you with golden vibrations." Read his full tribute -- as well as one by fellow country songwriter Josh Osborne -- below.
Glen Campbell was exuberant, full of life and music. He used every bit of his God given gift, infusing it with great emotion and excitement, unleashing it on people in waves of brilliancy and sky rockets. Glen was a very complex man, at least that's what I felt when I was around him. Maybe it was the times, California, living in the vortex of a stellar career, a career that literally swallowed him as an artist who in his special way changed the culture.
I am supremely blessed as a man who felt the weight and beauty of his shadow. When he sang he became another creature; he had the amazing ability to strafe you with golden vibrations like when he melted into his powerful rendition of "Galveston," the wonderful song written by Jimmy Webb.
You were coated with his infra-rays of melody, you were better for it. It enlightened you to oracles and archangels, you flowed on rivers of pure diamond molasses. I thank you Glen for your great contribution to the world and me. You changed both in ways you have no idea of. I love you and will miss you. Be safe on your new journeys, expand into zillions of Glen crystals, permeate the universe, believe me, it needs it. I'll see you some day and hope to pitch you a song, hangout and tell goofy jokes.
Also paying tribute to Campbell was songwriter Josh Osborne, who has written hits for the Eli Young Band, Billy Currington, Sam Hunt and Blake Shelton. Though he never met him, Osborne said he always held Campbell in the highest esteem.
"As a songwriter I have always admired Glen Campbell’s ability to hear a great song and make it instantly and unmistakably his. The drifter in 'Gentle On My Mind,' the loner in 'Wichita Lineman' and the dreamer in 'Rhinestone Cowboy' are all different and yet all the same. That is the sign of a true artist and one of the many gifts of Glen Campbell. He was a singer with a voice soaked equally in honey and heartbreak.
Glen was also a musician's musician. From his early days as part of the famed Wrecking Crew to his time spent touring in the 1960’s with The Beach Boys, he had an ability to step into any role and create magic. The catalog of songs that Glen Campbell shared with the world continue to inspire and motivate me to this day. When I first moved to Nashville in 1998 I got to write with a great songwriter named Chris Gantry. Chris had written a song that Glen had recorded and had a hit with in the late 1960's called 'Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife.' The reverence with which Chris spoke of Glen made me have a much deeper appreciation for what he meant to not only the music business, but songwriters in general.
I am sad that I never got the chance to meet him but I am happy that his music will live on with us forever. I truly believe now he is somewhere that the lights are shining on him. Thank you for the music."