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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Goodnight everyone and have a gentle weekend!


It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun is about to set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight, a cowboy leaves us wondering about his ultimate sunset.

The news this week was stunning. The Guardian reports:

“It's some time since popular music was strictly a young person's game, but Glen Campbell's reason for retiring is nonetheless striking: the veteran country singer, now 75, has announced that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Campbell – for more than 40 years one of US music's best-loved acts and most instantly recognizable voices – gave the news via an interview with the US entertainment magazine People. His openness was welcomed by campaigners for those with the disease.

While the Alzheimer's is still in its early stages, Campbell plans to release just one more album, in August, before a farewell tour, which reaches the UK in the autumn.

‘Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer,’ his wife, Kim, told the magazine. ‘But if he flubs a lyric or gets confused on stage, I wouldn't want people to think, 'What's the matter with him? Is he drunk?’ Campbell did endure well-publicized problems with alcohol and drugs but has been clean for some years. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's six months ago, although his short-term memory has been poor for some time."

Campbell has had a glorious career.


 





Question:


Does a country singer who hits the big time forget his roots?






 





One of Campbell's prettiest songs is one that normally isn't mentioned in his litany of hits.




 





As big as Campbell was in the 60's, his biggest recording would come in the mid-70's during the heyday of disco.


 




 





That's it.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

Glen Campbell is fortunate to have recorded one of the greatest country songs of all-time, so good that it crossed over well beyond the country audience.

The blog, “The Perfect iPod Collection” writes about this composition:

The lyrics paint a picture of a natural love, the working man who thinks about his love while on the road, and visits when he can, but not because he has to.  Rarely do we see these sentiments in modern country music, where the standard ethic is that of fidelity.”

MTV.com writes:

The song's popularity is better measured by the number of times it has been recorded — between 400 and 600 times, by one estimate — and performed — more than 6 million, according to one count. The song also won three Grammys.”

John Hartford wrote this famous tune.. Swampland.com writes:

John's classic song should, as picker Ricky Skaggs said about it, ‘encourage young songwriters out there to write that one mega-classic hit.’ As Ricky further explains, a song like that could ‘set you up for your children and your children's children.’  And so it was for John.  (This song) is the second most played song in the history of man, second only to the Beatles ‘Yesterday.’ It has been played over 6 million times on radio and television. Over 300 people have recorded it. Such entertainers as, and I am not joking here, Frank Sinatra, Aretha, Burl Ives, Lawrence Welk, Lou Rawls, and Elvis!”

Derek Halsey writes for swampland.com about John Hartford’s last days:

“Even near the end of his life John never lost his sense of humor. The radio show called ‘Live at Mountain Stage’ wanted to do a tribute for him while he was still alive. Many great musicians came and played many of his songs and it was released as a CD as well. At the end of the concert John came out to play a short set. He started by talking to the audience and the other musicians telling them that, ‘If I'm going to be true to form, I got to tell you like it is. I know why everybody's here. They think I'm going to croak.’ He went on to say that if he was going to do his part then he should croak within about three weeks so it would still be fresh in every ones mind. The problem with that was, as he put it, ‘We got the whole month of October booked’.”

Hartford died in June 2001 of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was 63.







He left a masterpiece with great lyrics, a great arrangement, and a great singer to bring it to an undying life.

Listen, enjoy, and God be good to everyone with Alzheimer's.

 



 





Terrific stuff.

Again, goodnight.

What?

What's that?

You say you want....

You want what?

An encore?

I do believe we can oblige.

Another monster recording.

And no.

No, they don't write them like this anymore.

 

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