Local country radio legend Bob Robbins reacts to passing of Glen Campbell
Bob Robbins said it's Glen Campbell's ability to simply pick up a guitar and make "beautiful music" that he'll miss most about the Rhinestone Cowboy.
For decades, Bob Robbins has ruled the country music airwaves in Little Rock - spending most of it on KSSN 96 but roughly four years ago making the move to 105 The Wolf. In his time as an on-air personality and country radio legend, Robbins has had the opportunity to interview countless country stars - but Arkansas-native Glen Campbell held a special place in his heart.
"I just found him to be a charming person," said Robbins. "He was different - you know Glen was Glen - but he was a fun human being, he really was."
A fan of what Robbins calls "true country music," the local country radio legend said he'll remember Campbell's ability to bring country music to the next level.
"People talk about Glen being country, but Glen, he was country but knew how to tie pop into it way back then," said Robbins. "Like I say, he was very accomplished at the stuff that he could do."
Robbins had the opportunity to interview Campbell several times, even emcee several shows with him over his nearly 40-year career. He was blown away by his ability to make a guitar "sing" - commenting about his simple beginnings as a session musician. It's why Robbins said it was especially hard to see Campbell's abilities to play his signature instrument deteriorate with the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
"To watch a man's mind totally disappear, and like I said such a talent that Glen was - to see him lose the ability to play the guitar was such a sad, sad thing," remarked Robbins.
The news of Campbell's passing Tuesday broke Robbins heart, "bringing a tear" to his eye - but Robbins quickly smiled and though of how he believed Campbell would want to be remembered.
"He loved the lights, he loved to perform and just look at the things the way we should," remembered Robbins. "Rhinestone Cowboy - he rode away today. That's the way I'll remember him."
"But we've always got that music we can go back and listen - and people that haven't heard it - boy they're in for a surprise... they're going to love it."
Robbins said his show Wednesday morning will be dedicated to Campbell's legacy - playing his songs and prior interviews the two did together to memorialize the country and pop music legend.