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  • In 1969, Glen Campbell made his major motion picture debut alongside the legendary actor John Wayne for the film True Grit. The movie's success surprised the cast, especially Wayne, who went on to win his only Academy Award for his portrayal of U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn.

    Wayne had already reach legendary status by the time he filmed True Grit and just a few years later, was the honorary guest at an event celebrating his career in film, An All-Star Tribute To John Wayne, which was hosted by Ol' Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.

    You can't celebrate Wayne's career without the mention of one of his most iconic movies, True Grit. Since country legend Glen Campbell had a starring role and sang the title song, it's no surprise that he was recruited to sing the song "True Grit" at the tribute.

    "I'm here because when I was a very small boy, I used to pick cotton for a dime and go see the serials in the movies and you know what all the serials were? The Three Musketeers. John Wayne. But little did I know that I would do a picture with John Wayne and it would have such an effect on his life," he said. "It was so great to be apart of the motion picture that brought this wonderful man his sole deserved Oscar. Hope this song brings back some memories, Duke!"

    The song Campbell performed was written by Don Black and Elmer Bernstein, and included clips of Wayne in the movie, sporting the infamous eyepatch his character wore.

    Duke looked moved by the performance and gave his friend Campbell a round of applause followed by a wave.

    Watch his moving tribute performance below.

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  • Aside from True Grit and other TV and media I had the good fortune to see Glen Campbell play live and meet him at a small corporate event in 1985. He was as gracious as ever, and I never heard anyone anywhere say a bad word about the man.

    The interesting thing is that Glen started as primarily a gifted guitar player, doing studio and session work along with the rest of what was popularly known as "the Wrecking Crew" ( Tommy Tedesco, Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, and a bunch of other musicians ) who collectively made a career of doing L.A. studio work on other major stars albums. They were featured on a huge number of hit albums playing many of the famous guitar and drum licks you only thought the big name bands were playing. He was one of the few to break out of that work into Pop and Solo work on his own and the rest, as they say, is history.

    I had several vinyl guitar albums that featured some of his early work- he was quite good, and often wasn't given the opportunity to show that on many mainstream TV shows. The song Rhinestone Cowboy wasn't written by Glen but he took it up and it was far more autobiographical than most people ever knew-

    I've been walkin' these streets so long
    Singin' the same old song
    I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway
    Where hustle's the name of the game
    And nice guys get washed away like the snow and the rain
    There's been a load of compromisin'
    On the road to my horizon
    But I'm gonna be where the lights are shinin' on me

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