Growing up I always heard "Gentle on my Mind" as a dopey theme song for Glen Campbell. It took some years but I finally listened to the song's story.
Actually, when Brian Wilson quit touring with the Beach Boys, Campbell was the one who filled in at first, before they got Bruce Johnston. He played the bass and sang Brian's top harmony parts. I think he said that doing that raised the pitch of his voice. That's why "Hi, I'm Glen Campbell!" was in such a high pitch.Great song, and one of the few that actually suits Hartford's generally rather regrettable voice. I feel like Campbell is underappreciated- he made some money and got pretty commercial, but he was a fine singer and guitarist (he was a session guitarist before they found out he could sing).
I've got to toss in a couple by Dolly Parton, whom I consider one of the elite country songwriters, and entertainers.
I Will Always Love You.
I think I read that Elvis wanted to record it. Dolly said no, without knowing why, and cried afterwards. Then in an interview, she said Whitney Houston's cover could have bought Graceland lol. I adore her.
Ad infinitum! She's a treasure.